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Would the costs related to the clothing vending machines that Uniqlo has installed in airports and shopping malls be expensed or capitalized?

Uniqlo, a Japanese clothing designer, manufacturer, and retailer, is installing vending machines in some airports and shopping malls in the U.S., including Oakland Airport (San Francisco), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston), and Queens Center (New York.) Uniqlo’s thermal jackets and parkas, which are thin, warm, and easily packable, are going to be stocked in the […]

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What closing entries would McDonald’s have made in 2016 based on its trial balance?

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is a publicly held corporation and issued its financial statements for 2016 in 2017. To follow is a condensed and adapted trial balance as of December 31, 2016, that was constructed from those financial statements.   Please note that the accounts have been adapted and condensed for educational use and should […]

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What information can be calculated from McDonald’s 2016 trial balance?

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is a publicly held corporation and issued its financial statements for 2016 in 2017. To follow is a condensed and adapted trial balance as of December 31, 2016, that was constructed from those financial statements. Please note that the accounts have been adapted and condensed for educational use and should not […]

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Why is internal control important for companies – and for students – to understand?

An article in Accounting Today from September 7, 2017, has the headline “Internal control weaknesses correlate with financial fraud.” Three accounting researchers* have found that “…the incidence of fraud disclosures at companies previously found by auditors to have material weaknesses in their internal controls is approximately 80 to 90 percent greater than companies on average, […]

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Register for Snapchat 101: Engaging Students in Accounting, an IMA Faculty Friday Webinar

On Friday, September 29, 2017, I will be the speaker for the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Faculty Friday Webinar entitled “Snapchat 101: Engaging Students in Accounting.” Snapchat can be a pretty neat tool for engaging with students, especially those in online classes or in large classes. I will be talking first about how to […]

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Would Subway have disclosed or accrued for the class-action lawsuit filed against it for the length of its footlong subs?

Nine Subway customers joined forces to file a class-action lawsuit against Subway, alleging that its footlong submarine sandwiches were not actually a foot, or 12 inches, in length, but were closer to 11 inches.  The class action suit was filed in 2013 and Subway settled a few years later, agreeing to pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys […]

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What is the impact on Netflix’s assets, liabilities, and equity from its new credit line?

In July 2017, Netflix, Inc., (NASDAQ: NFLX) obtained a new credit line for $500 million through five lenders. This credit line means that Netflix will be able to borrow as it needs cash to fund its operations. According to Netflix’s regulatory filing, it plans to use the funds for operations and general corporate needs. The […]

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What information is provided in McDonald’s basic financial statements?

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is a publicly held corporation with more than $31 billion in assets. It started in 1940 as a BBQ restaurant in San Bernardino, California. In 1948, McDonald’s switched to burgers, shakes, potato chips, and pie. Its Golden Arches are generally believed to be the most recognized symbol in the world. To […]

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NEW! Create Customized Financial Accounting Case Assignments with the Accounting Case Template

The Accounting Case Template (ACT) is a web tool I designed that allows instructors to quickly build an introductory financial accounting case assignment. A variety of options are provided from which the instructor can choose, allowing the instructor to quickly build a case assignment customized for his/her specific course. It takes about two minutes to […]

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Do cash dividends paid affect a company’s breakeven point?

A recent blog posting for the Wall Street Journal had the headline “Big Oil Reaches for a Modest Goal: Breaking Even – Energy Journal[1].” The article stated that the “two-year slump in oil prices led…[big oil companies]…to rein in spending and lay off workers but the firms still didn’t make enough money in 2016 to […]

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