Accounting Articles

March 8, 2014

In this series of articles, we will discuss the different types of financial statements required of a corporation by US GAAP and the different reports required of public companies by the Securities and Exchange Commission. For this part 1, we will give a brief overview of the major financial statements produced by a corporation - balance sheet, income statement, statement of shareholders’ equity, cash flow statement and related footnotes.

March 2, 2014

In theory, bonds are easy to account for. A long-term liability is established on the balance sheet, and periodic interest expense is applied to the calculation of net income. When the bond is repaid, the liability is cleared from the balance sheet. Not all bonds, however, are that simple to handle.

February 23, 2014

There are three main forms of financing available to a corporation. In this article, we discuss preferred stock, the middle-of-the-road option that sits between debt and common equity.

February 15, 2014

Long gone are the days where large companies only sell products in one country. The growth of the global economy has provided many opportunities for growth, but that growth has brought with it unique accounting challenges. In this article, we’ll describe several common issues associated with accounting for transactions in foreign currencies.

February 9, 2014

Most articles on this site deal with companies that operate for profit. In this article, we discuss a few differences encountered when accounting for companies that have non-for-profit purposes.

February 3, 2014

In the last article, we discussed partner capital accounts, contributions, and withdrawals, as well as the allocation of periodic income. Now we’ll look at how to account for the termination of a partnership.

January 26, 2014

Many of the accounting principles on this website apply to any type of company. In this series of articles, we focus on the basics of accounting for partnerships, a business entity formed by two or more owners that is less structured than a corporation.

January 18, 2014

Company managers need to keep track of costs in order to make wise decisions about day-to-day operations. In this article, we discuss process costing, a method of allocating costs for manufacturers of many identical products.

January 11, 2014

The process of tracking production costs is critical for the information needs and reporting requirements of manufacturers. In this article, we’ll discuss a method of cost distribution called job costing. After describing the theory behind job costing, we’ll walk through an example - a manufacturer of drag race engines.

January 3, 2014

Financial management is a risky business - predictions of future performance are prone to the effects of an ever-changing economic environment. Discounting predicted cash flows is one method a financial manager can use to account for the risks associated with forecasting performance.

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