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NISM Series-XV: Research Analyst Certification


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1. Which ratio indicates how much of the business generated by a company actually comes to shareholders?

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2. What is the characteristic of non-current liabilities?

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3. What is the purpose of recognizing goodwill in the balance sheet?

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4. How is the total debt calculated in the balance sheet metrics?

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5. Which of the following measures the ability of the company to satisfy its short-term obligations as and when they come due?

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6. Which ratio determines the number of times a company's inventory is converted into sales?

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7. Why is ratio analysis useful in financial statement analysis?

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8. What is the difference between stand-alone financial statements and consolidated financial statements?

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9. Which of the following items are found in an income statement?

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10. What factors contribute to auditors' inability to vouch for the accuracy of all transactions in a company?

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11. What does the profit and loss statement (P/L) provide?

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12. Which of the following is NOT a component of non-current assets?

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13. Which ratio compares a company's earnings with its interest expense to determine its ability to meet interest obligations?

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14. Which section in the Cash Flow statement will provide the information about the amount of funds that a company borrowed during the preceding year?

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15. Which ratio helps determine the profitability of a company based on its operations and direct costs?

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16. Which ratio calculates the returns generated by a company for every rupee of capital employed, including both equity and debt?

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17. Which of the following is NOT a component of the financial statements that listed companies need to publish?

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18. In financial statement analysis, why is ratio analysis useful?

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19. What does the term "other expenses" in the profit and loss account typically include?

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20. What does the term "OCI" stand for in the context of financial statements?

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21. Which ratio assesses the extent of leverage used by a business and its ability to meet obligations arising from debt?

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22. Which of the following statements is true about the format of the balance sheet?

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23. A good analyst must keep a track of disclosures, commitments, and deliveries of an organization periodically to adjudge a company. State whether True or False.

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24. What is one of the challenges in using historical data for financial forecasting?

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25. How is core working capital calculated for Bharti Airtel?

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26. Which framework decomposes the return on equity (ROE) into multiple components to understand the company's drivers?

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27. What does a qualified report from auditors indicate?

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28. What does the insiders' sales and purchase of stocks indicate?

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29. How is depreciation different from amortization?

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30. Which ratio measures how many times a company's assets are utilized to generate revenues?

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31. How is working capital calculated?

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32. Which ratio is a more stringent measure of liquidity as it excludes inventories from current assets?

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33. Why are consolidated financial statements generally preferred over stand-alone financials for equity analysis?

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34. According to Warren Buffett, why does he have no use for projections or forecasts?

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35. What does a clean report from auditors indicate?

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36. What is the purpose of auditors' opinions in an audit report?

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37. How are investments in joint ventures/associates reported in the balance sheet?

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38. Which ratio indicates how efficiently a company converts its sales into cash and measures the portion of revenues in the form of credit?

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39. What does Return on Equity (ROE) measure in terms of capital allocation and return generation?

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40. What does peer comparison in financial analysis help to understand?

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41. What does EPS stand for in the context of the profit and loss account?

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42. What is the purpose of presenting comparative financials for a prior period in financial statements?

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43. Which ratio measures a company's liquidity by comparing its current assets to its current liabilities?

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44. What is the importance of reading the auditors' qualifications in the notes to accounts?

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45. Which of the following can affect the comparability of financial statements from different years?

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46. What is core working capital?

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47. Why is it important to study a company's history of equity expansion?

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48. Which line item in the profit and loss account represents the amount earned by a company from selling goods and services?

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