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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 is 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s earnings quality from 2013 – 2015?

Harry London, a steelworker in Canton, Ohio, started making chocolates for his family and friends around the start of the 20th Century. By 1922, he had enough demand for his fine chocolates that he left his steel-working job and started Harry London Candies. Harry London used the kitchen in his home to create his chocolates […]

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What information is in the auditor and management letters in The J.M. Smucker Company’s Form 10-K?

The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM) was started in 1897 by Jerome Monroe Smucker in Orrville, Ohio. The J. M. Smucker Company has several well-known brands in its lineup, including Jif, Folgers, Pillsbury, and Hungry Jack. Since The J. M. Smucker Company is publicly-held, it issues a Form 10-K each year.  It is also required […]

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How does the new equity issued by Sonos, the wireless internet-enabled speaker maker, affect its financial statements?

Sonos is a maker of wireless internet-enabled speaker systems.  It was founded in California in 2002 and has experienced rapidly growing sales.  Its CEO, John MacFarlane, indicated that Sonos would exceed $1 billion in sales in 2014. In December 2014, the privately-held Sonos issued an additional $130 million in new equity. It will be using […]

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What does Coca-Cola’s Form 10-K communicate about its short-term investments?

Coca-Cola is firmly entrenched in our history and culture.  On February 28, 2015, a Coca-Cola exhibition will open at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.  The exhibition will feature paintings, photographs, and other items related to Coke’s iconic curved bottle. The exhibition will run through October 4, 2015. (Fun fact: Coca-Cola is sold in […]

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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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What impact do lower fuel costs and other changes have on an airline’s net income?

American Airlines Group (AAL), the world’s biggest airline, has been reporting record profits in recent quarters.  United Continental Holdings and Southwest Airlines also reported record profits. Part of what has contributed to the record profits has been the decline in the cost of oil. The price of oil has fallen during 2014; we are spending […]

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What is in Urban Outfitters’ auditor’s report?

Urban Outfitters, Inc., is a specialty retailer, offering a wide selection of clothing, accessories, and other items. The Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report for Urban Outfitters, Inc., can be found here.  Page F-2 (page 54 in the pdf document) of that annual report contains the “Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm,” or the auditor’s […]

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What is the gross margin on the Apple iPhone 5S and 5C?

According to the GottaBe Mobile website in September 2013, the Apple iPhone 5S with 16 GB memory sells off-contract for $649, while the iPhone 5C with 16 GB memory sells off-contract for $549.  The same phones with 32 GB memory sell off-contract for $749 and $649. According to Bloomberg Businessweek and IHS iSuppli, the iPhone […]

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