Notes for Level I CFA® Program

R26 Understanding Cash Flow Statements

3.3. Conversion of Cash Flows from the Indirect Method to the Direct MethodWatch Video Play


Instructor’s note: The probability of getting tested on this topic on the exam is low.

The operating cash flow from indirect method can be converted to direct by using the three-step process:

  • Aggregate all the revenues and expenses.
  • Remove all noncash items from aggregated revenues and expenses and break up remaining items into relevant cash flow items.
  • Convert accrual amounts to cash flow amounts by adjusting for changes in corresponding working accounts.