Managing Materiality

Accounting information is material if its omission or misstatement would mislead investors. In other words, if there’s a piece of information that investors need to know, then that information is material – it makes a difference. Information can be material in size or importance. In size, materiality is all about the amount. A large amount of […]
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Understanding confirmatory value

In accounting, information has confirmatory value when it helps users to confirm or adjust prior expectations. But why is confirmatory value an important attribute for accounting information to have? The importance of confirmatory value People read accounting financial statements in order to create predictions about the future. They want to predict future dividends and that the company […]
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Relevance in accounting

Accounting information is relevant (“accounting relevance”) when it is capable of making a difference in a decision. Suppose that you’re trying to decide what to eat for dinner: A hamburger? Or a salad? What information is relevant to your decision? The price of each meal, perhaps. And consider the number of calories, too. Do you have […]
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When does accounting information have “predictive value?”

In accounting, information has predictive value when you can use it to form expectations about the future. Using the future to predict the past How should investors make decisions about loaning money to a company, or investing in its stock? High quality accounting information helps investors to make these decisions. When you think about it, investors really want […]
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What is the economic entity assumption?

The economic entity assumption is one of four assumptions underlying financial statements. It says that you can identify economic activity with a particular unit of accountability. Put another way, the economic entity assumptions says that certain transactions are “inside” a business, while other transactions are “outside” of the business. Suppose that you run a candy […]
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Improve your Excel Skills Now with these 5 Tips

Microsoft’s Excel program has been an integral part of the regular office-goer’s life. One part of Microsoft’s Office Suite – Excel – is an extremely feature-rich software program that has proven itself to be indispensable time and again. Whether it is for drawing up a quick report, chalking up some financial sheets, or even running […]
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My new Introduction to Excel (YouTube)

I’m proud to announce the first video of my Introduction to Excel series. This series is designed to give you the basic tools you need to get up and running in Microsoft Excel. Here are the videos released so far: Part 1: http://youtu.be/HPLuvEL3fNw Part 2: http://youtu.be/ckoxo6xCvik Part 3: http://youtu.be/DjOuAO1GDy8 Subscribe to my YouTube channel to received new videos […]
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