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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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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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Introductory financial accounting Jeopardy game for end-of-semester review

At the end of the semester, I thought it might be useful to have a review game before the final exam. I have created a Jeopardy-style game that covers basic topics within an introductory financial accounting course. This PowerPoint file contains a Jeopardy-style game suitable for use in an introductory financial accounting class. There are […]

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How long is the operating cycle of Williamette Valley Vineyards?

Oregon has the third most wineries in the United States; only California and Washington have more wineries. Williamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. (NASDAQ: WVVI) is one of these Oregon wineries and is publicly-held. Williamette Valley Vineyards produces and sells several types of bottled wines under its Williamette Valley Vineyards label, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, […]

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How would Apple’s financial statements be impacted by its iPhone one-year warranty and related iPhone 6s battery replacement program?

Every new iPhone comes with a basic one-year warranty. If defects in materials or workmanship are discovered in one year from the date of retail purchase, Apple will repair or replace the iPhone at no cost to the customer. Recently, a batch of iPhone 6s devices was discovered to have a defect that causes them […]

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How do Facebook and Twitter’s current and debt ratios compare?

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), and Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), are two of the most popular publicly-held social media companies. Both are relatively young companies; Facebook was founded in 2004, while Twitter was started in 2006. To follow are adapted and condensed balance sheets for both Facebook and Twitter as of December 31, 2015. Please note: […]

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What closing entries would Facebook make for fiscal year 2015?

Facebook, Inc., is a publicly held corporation and issued its financial statements for 2015 in mid-2016. To follow is a condensed and adapted trial balance as of December 31, 2015, that was constructed from those financial statements. Please note that the accounts have been adapted and condensed for educational use and should not be used […]

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When does SurveyMonkey recognize revenue from its Platinum annual subscription plans?

SurveyMonkey is an online survey company that allows its subscribers to customize and administer surveys.  It recently made the news for raising another $250 million in equity funding (“SurveyMonkey is worth $2 billion after new $250 million fundraising round, Fortune, December 15, 2014.)  (Note: SurveyMonkey is privately held.  The founder says the company will not […]

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What does Walt Disney’s Form 10-K communicate about its unearned revenue and accrued revenue?

Over the past year, The Walt Disney Company (DIS) has made the news because it increased its ticket prices at Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland Park in California, and other parks around the world.  Ticket revenue, however, is not its only source of revenue. The following is an excerpt from the Notes to Consolidated […]

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When does Carnival Cruise Lines recognize revenues and expenses for its cruises?

Carnival Cruise Lines had a record-breaking month in January 2014 in terms of number of net bookings (new bookings less cancellations.) During January 2014, Carnival booked more than 565,000 (net) guests for cruises to be taken over the next two years. Part of the reason that Carnival may be seeing increased bookings is its new […]

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