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The Dark Side of Debt-Free

Finally, that wonderful day comes when the debt is paid off. You may not think of it as a thorny accounting situation — and it isn’t, as long as the debt is held to maturity. In other words, there’s no [more…]

Types of Dividends

Dividends are distributions of company earnings to the shareholders. They can be in the form of cash, stock, or property. Most unrelated investors (not directly involved with the day-to-day operations [more…]

Financial Income versus Taxable Income

In addition to using different standards for financial income (also known as book income) versus taxable income, the entities and individuals interested in financial accounting and taxable income are different [more…]

Temporary Differences in Tax Accounting

Temporary differences occur because financial accounting and tax accounting rules are somewhat inconsistent when determining when to record some items of revenue and expense. Because of these inconsistencies [more…]

Take Advantage of Net Operating Losses

It’s a fact of life in the business fast lane that companies don’t always have more revenue than expenses every year. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, and it can happen for many reasons, including moving [more…]

The Difference between Costs and Expenses

What’s a cost and what’s an expense? Consider an example. Assume that Penway Manufacturing, Inc., makes toasters and needs to buy some new metal fabrication machines to form the outer shell of the toaster [more…]

Depreciation Methods

Depreciation is the method of allocating costs to the appropriate period. Although accountants have to follow generally accepted accounting principles [more…]

What Is an Asset Impairment?

An impairment loss takes place when a company makes the judgment call that the carrying value of an asset on the company balance sheet is less than fair value, [more…]

How to Control Your Business Cash

Bookkeeping is all about keeping tabs on where your business’s cash is. Here are a few handy tips that will ensure that your bookkeeping doesn’t require too much red ink so your small business can thrive [more…]

Must Know Formulas for Cost Accounting

To reduce and eliminate costs in a business, you need to know the formulas that are most often used in cost accounting. When you understand and use these foundational formulas, you’ll be able to analyze [more…]

Important Terms and Principles Cost Accountants Should Know

Many accountants will tell you that cost accounting is the most difficult accounting subject to learn. That's because cost accounting has many terms that are not used in other areas of accounting [more…]

Avoiding Pitfalls on Cost Accounting Exams

Cost accounting is a great tool to improve the profitability in any business. It’s a critical subject that accounting students need to learn to be successful in their careers. However, some cost accounting [more…]

Key Costs Related to Managerial Accounting

In accounting, a cost measures how much you pay/sacrifice for something. Managerial accounting must give managers accurate cost information relevant to their management decisions. Here are several cost-related [more…]

Ten Key Accounting Terms

Knowing when to use the correct term and what it means can make a world of difference when you decipher financial statements and reports and determine profits and losses. It's easy to get debits and credits [more…]

Accounting Tips for Business Managers

A good part of Accounting For Dummies focuses on the needs of business managers for truly useful accounting information. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind: [more…]

Corporate Finance and the Role of Money in the World

Corporate finance is the study of relationships between groups of people that quantifies the otherwise immeasurable. Take a look at the role of money in the world to understand how this definition makes [more…]

What Makes Corporate Finance Unique

Corporate finance plays a very interesting role in all societies. Finance is the study of relationships between people: how they distribute themselves and their resources, place value on things, and exchange [more…]

How Corporate Finance Rules Your Life

Unless you’re in a rare minority who live “off the grid” (secluded and self-sufficient), nearly every aspect of your life is strongly influenced, directly or otherwise, by corporate finances. The price [more…]

What Exactly Are Corporations?

Corporations are a special type of organization wherein the people who have ownership can transfer their shares of ownership to other individuals without having to legally reorganize the company. This [more…]

What Are Depository Institutions?

Depository institutions come in several different types. Anytime you give your money to someone with the expectation that the person will hold it for you and give it back when you request it, you’re either [more…]

Insurance Companies and the Role They Play in Corporate Finance

Insurance companies are a special type of financial institution that deals in the business of managing risk. A corporation periodically gives them money and, in return, they promise to pay for the losses [more…]

Securities Firms and the Role They Play in Corporate Finance

Securities firms provide transaction services related to financial investments, which are quite distinct from the services provided by traditional depository institutions. However, many commercial banks [more…]

The Role of Underwriters in Corporate Finance

A special type of insurance company, called underwriters,deals only with other insurance companies. They analyze applications for insurance, determine the degree of risk and associated costs with issuing [more…]

The Differences between Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds

In corporate finance, funds come in two types — hedge funds and mutual funds — and although they both have the same fundamental principles, each type has some unique traits, processes, regulations, and [more…]

Financing Institutions and Their Roles in Corporate Finance

Financing institutions are kind of like banks in that they lend money, but they’re a bit different, too. First of all, they tend to give different types of loans than banks do. Secondly, they get their [more…]

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