THOMAS FIN301 MODULE 4 DISCUSSION

| June 10, 2016

Question
Discussion Forum 2

In Chapter 1 of the textbook we learned that abalance sheet is a financial statement that “enumerates at a moment in time what an economic unit, such as a firm, owns, itsassets; what it owes, itsliabilities; and the owner’s contribution to the firm, theequity” (p. 3). In Modules 3 and 4 we focus on investment in equity (preferred and common stock) and long-term debt (bonds).

The discussion activity for Module 4 entails visiting a firm’s Web site, reviewing its balance sheet, and reporting on how the firm is financing investments in assets: preferred stock, common stock, and long-term debt. Here are the steps to follow:

Choose a firm whose stock is traded on stock exchanges, and then visit its Web site.
Go to the Investor Relations area of the Web site (or a similarly titled area such as Investor Information, Investors, Investor Resources, etc.), and then locate the firm’s annual report (typically found under Financial Reports, Financial Statements, Financial Facts, Financial Document, or some such link).
From the report, determine how the firm is financing investment in assets: long-term debt, preferred stock, and common stock.
In the Discussion Forum 2, report to the class on what you found. Please title your posting “Balance Sheet/[Your Name].” Be sure to include the Web address (URL) of the firm whose Web site you visited. Post your report by the date indicated in the course Calendar.
Read and comment on at least two of your classmates’ postings by the date indicated in the course Calendar.

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