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Data analytics project: Transaction analysis for introductory financial accounting using the City of Somerville, MA, online checkbook data set

Data analytics is here! I have been working on some projects for the past few months to be able to incorporate data analytics into the introductory accounting classes. After thinking about the best tool to use for data analytics in the introductory classes, I decided to use Excel as the analytics tool since introductory accounting […]

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How will the reservation, purchase agreement, and the delivery of a Model 3 impact Tesla’s financial statements?

Since 2016, Tesla has been accepting reservations for its Model 3 car, which is a mid-size all-electric four-door sedan. The long-range battery Model 3 (310 miles on a single charge) starts at $50,000 while the standard range battery Model 3 (220 miles) starts at $35,000. Production cannot keep up with demand for this model. Tesla […]

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Wait! Why is the bank debiting my account to decrease it? Isn’t that backwards?

Debit-credit rules are challenging for students. Students’ exposure to debits-credits when they arrive in introductory accounting may be limited to what they see on their bank statements – and those debits-credits are seemingly backwards. I recorded a short video (2:36 min) to explain why debits and credits seem to be backwards on bank statements. You […]

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A video of five example transactions at Cedar Point Amusement Park

For this blog post, I have created a video in which I walk through the journal entries for five hypothetical transactions at Cedar Point Amusement Park. This video is appropriate for the beginning of an introductory financial accounting course. The transactions covered include: Sell admission to the park; purchase merchandise inventory for the gift shop; […]

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A step-by-step video on how to construct a journal entry

For this blog post, I have created a video that is a step-by-step guide to constructing a journal entry. The example that I am using in the video to illustrate the journal entry steps is that of Apple selling an iPhone at one of its stores for $1,000 cash. You can view the video (5:35 […]

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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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How is the balance sheet of Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, impacted by its Initial Public Offering?

Rovio Entertainment Corporation, the maker of the Angry Birds mobile games, recently made its Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Helsinki NASDAQ stock exchange. Rovio stock is not available through U.S. stock exchanges. Rovio’s headquarters is in Finland. It also has offices in the United States, Sweden, China, and the United Kingdom. Rovio’s IPO in […]

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Given that Toys “R” Us has declared bankruptcy, what are its current, quick, and debt ratios?

Toys “R” Us (see https://www.toysrusinc.com/investors) declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2017, for its US operations. The toy retailer is seeking to restructure or remove some of its debts. Toys “R” Us is also looking to take similar actions for its Canadian operations. Here are the two most recent Toys “R” Us balance sheets. […]

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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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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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