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A cash flow statement is one of the most important financial statements for a project or business. The statement can be as simple as a ...

Cash Flow Analysis

A cash flow statement is one of the most important financial statements for a project or business. The statement can be as simple as a one-page analysis or may involve several schedules that feed information into a central statement. 

A cash flow statement is a listing of the flows of cash into and out of the business or project. Think of it as your checking account at the bank. Deposits are the cash inflow and withdrawals (checks) are the cash outflows. The balance in your checking account is your net cash flow at a specific point in time.

 A cash flow statement is a listing of cash flows that occurred during the last accounting period. A projection of future flows of cash is called a cash flow budget. You can think of a cash flow budget as a projection of the future deposits and withdrawals to your checking account. 
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A cash flow statement is not only concerned with the amount of the cash flows but also the timing of the flows. Many cash flows are constructed with multiple time periods. For example, it may list monthly cash inflows and outflows over a year’s time. It not only projects the cash balance remaining at the end of the year but also the cash balance for each month.
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