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ECO358H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Weighted Arithmetic Mean, Issued Shares, Disclose

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Accounting Notes
Chapter 1 – The purpose and use of financial statements
Issue of shares and distribution of dividends does not affect net earnings
Dividends is reported on Statement of retained earnings
Common shares are stated in Balance Sheet
3 types of activities that companies do:
1. Financing activities => borrowing cash from lenders by issuing debt,
paying debt themselves, issuing shares or distributing dividends.
2. Investing activities => purchasing and disposing long termed assets.
Short/long term investments
3. Operating activities => daily operations that include revenues and
expenses and related accounts such as A/R, inventory, and payables.
Statement of retained earnings – amounts and cases of changes in retained
earnings during the month (+net earnings, - dividends)
Cash flow statement answers:
1. Where did the cash come from during the period?
2. How was the cash used during the period?
3. What was the change in the cash balance during the period?
Ending amount in Cash Flow Statement must be the cash amount in the Balance
Comparative statements – financial statements that are reported for more than one
fiscal period. Used to compare progress.
Shareholder’s equity – the shareholder’s claim on total assets represented by the
investments of the shareholders (share capital) and retained earnings generated by
the company
Chapter 2 – Framework, presentation and usage
Foundations of GAAPS (principle based)
1. Separate entity – transactions of business separate from personal
transactions of owners
2. Going concern/continuity – entity is expected to continue its operations.
Justifies use of cost principles
3. Stable dollar/unit-of-measure – only items that can be measured into a
monetary unit can be included. Purchasing power of the unit of measure does not
change over time.
4. Time period – life of company can be reported over a series of short time
periods necessary to prepare annual financial statements.
5. Historical cost – assets and liabilities are recorded on a basis of what you
6. objectivity – amount used in recording transactions are to be based on
objective evidence rather than subjective judgement. Cash most objective

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amount. Exchanging object for service is more judgemental. (ex. Exchange a
computer costing $2 500 for $3 000 worth of labour, recording is based on cost of
7. Revenue recognition – revenue be assigned to the accounting period which
is earned.
R – risk and reward ownership transfer
C – collectability (will they be able to pay)
M – measurement (how much to record)
P – Performance (meeting expectations of client)
Revenue can be recognized if all four elements are met, this means it could
possibly be written sooner than the actual physical transaction is made. If at any
time any one of these are not met, it cannot be recorded sooner than when
payment is made.
Full disclosure principle
1. Disclose the accounting policies used
2. Disclose items not in the regular or normal activities of the business
3. Disclose items reflecting changes in expectations
4. Disclose what a statue or contract requires to be disclosed
5. Disclose new activities or major changes in old ones
Memorize pyramid**** (exam tip: memorize important aspects a few days prior to
**Classified balance sheet on page 59, use this format on exam
List tangible assets first. Note the adequacy of different types of assets used in the
business, the availability of assets to meet liabilities. List it in order of liquidity and
maturity. Prepaids are always listed last in current assets. Must memorize format.
Order of assets – current, long term investments, property, intangibles.
Definaition of an asset –
1. something that has probable future value that can be measured
2. company can control the benefit from future value through ownership or rights to
use the asset
3. the event that gave the company the ownership or right has already occurred –
past transaction
(ex. Advertising is hard to measure the future benefits, thus it is an expense and not an
Intangibles are rights to use something.
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