Don’t Get Fooled: How to Spot Companies That Lie About Earnings

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Investors use earnings season as a key tool for decision making – but you might not be able to believe everything you hear.

On Wednesday afternoon Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on Fox Business with Melissa Francis to discuss a recent survey with a shocking statistic. Turns out about 20% of companies misrepresent or lie about their earnings – a hefty number when you consider you could be invested in one of these companies.

"This is one of the greatest games going," said Fitz-Gerald.

CFOs who were surveyed admitted to "managing" earnings reports – and their reasons highlight how investors are not their top priority.

Fitz-Gerald calls the whole scheme "financial hocus pocus" – but don't worry, there are ways to protect your portfolio from these misleading companies.

"Investors should not be scared of stocks, but this should serve as a colossal slap in the face that they need to get serious about how and what they buy," warned Fitz-Gerald.

Watch the accompanying video to see Fitz-Gerald's analysis on how you can decipher earnings reports to avoid getting fooled.

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