Business Finance

  • How to Read Financial Statements: Working Capital

    Business owners and managers should learn to analyze and interpret their financial statements. You don't need to know anything about the technical aspects of accounting to understand and employ the simple concepts presented here to improve working...
    By AubreyH June 9, 2011 

  • What Internal Controls Should Be in Place for Handling Cash?

    Are you confident that your cash is adequately protected? You may think that insurance coverage is enough to cover your losses against theft or embezzlement; yet, even insurance companies take into account the effectiveness of internal controls...
    By ciel s cantoria June 9, 2011 

  • Are You Leveraging Your Resources? Separate Profitable and Non-Profitable Activities Using Cost Objects

    A cost object is any tangible input for manufacture of products or providing a service. It may be a specific product, service, project, customer, or anything else where the company makes a separate measurement of cost, usually to identify the quantum...
    By N Nayab June 9, 2011 

  • Coming Up With Policies and Procedures for Handling Petty Cash Funds

    Are petty cash procedures trivial rules that don't require much attention? Their lack or weakness actually opens up avenues for accounting excesses like unauthorized purchases, cash advances, check encashment and similar infractions that circumvent...
    By ciel s cantoria June 7, 2011 

  • Are Your Receivables Over or Understated?

    Whether you’re a business owner or an investor looking to buy an existing business, you need to take a close look at accounts receivables (A/R) to find out what those numbers really represent. Often AR can be manipulated, posted incorrectly...
    By Jean Scheid June 6, 2011 

  • Explaining Hurdle Rates: Calculations, Considerations and Pitfalls

    When calculating the hurdle rate for a project, the cost of capital of the enterprise is used as a starting point. But, don't stop there! Make sure to adjust it for risky parameters before you give the project a green light.
    By Peter Hann June 2, 2011 

  • Top Cash Flow Management Tools

    Cash flow is everything in a business. It’s needed to keep the doors open, pay employees and vendors, and cover overhead expenses. Managing cash flow doesn’t have to be a challenge if you utilize some cash flow management tools. Jean Scheid...
    By Jean Scheid June 2, 2011 

  • How to Prepare a Comparative Financial Statement

    A comparative financial statement includes figures relating to a previous accounting period, normally shown in a separate column beside the main statement. For the comparative financial statements to be meaningful, they must be prepared on a consistent...
    By Peter Hann June 1, 2011 

  • Overview of Debt Financing

    Some businesses and companies use debt financing as a way to help get their businesses off the ground and to help their businesses grow. Find the answers to the questions, what does debt financing mean and how does debt financing work in this informative...
    By Ronda Bowen June 1, 2011 

  • Pros & Cons of Using the High-Low Method

    The high low method is a quick and easy method for computing fixed and variable elements in mixed costs. Advantages of the high low method include simplicity and speed, but because it relies on only two values for the mixed costs, it may give misleading...
    By Peter Hann June 1, 2011 
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