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5 Matching questions

  1. accounts receivable
  2. current ratio
  3. window dressing
  4. open account
  5. record control
  1. a An open account is an informal credit trade agreement used in cases where frequent credit transactions are conducted and a running balance of the obligation or receivable is maintained. If payments are made regularly within reasonable time periods, interest charges are not usually assessed. Open account is normally used to describe the trade terms underlying accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  2. b Accounts receivable is a balance sheet account indicating the dollar amount due from customers from sales made on open account. It arises when revenues are recognized before receipt of the associated cash payment. Accounts receivable is normally included as a current asset and for some companies can be quite large.
  3. c Current assets/Current liabilities. The current ratio is often used to assess a company's current asset management and its solvency position. It is normally an important part of financial statement analysis.
  4. d The procedures designed to ensure that the cash account on the balance sheet reflects the actual amount of cash in the company's possession.
  5. e Window dressing is a phrase used to describe the activity of managers who use accounting methods, judgments, and estimates or make operating decisions purely to make the financial statements appear more attractive to financial statement users.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. (Cash + Marketable Securities accounts Receivable)/Current liabilities. The quick ratio compares a company's highly liquid assets to its current liabilities, providing a measure of the portion of the current liabilities that could be paid off in the near future.
  2. Current assets are assets on the balance sheet expected to be converted to cash or expired in one year or the operating cycle, whichever is longer.
  3. Multinational corporations have their home in one country but operate and have subsidiaries operating within and under the laws of other countries.
  4. The exchange rate is the value of one currency expressed in terms of another currency. Like the prices of all goods and services, the exchange rates among currencies vary from one day to the next. Companies that transact in more than one currency face the risks associated with fluctuating exchange rates, which can give rise to gains and losses—some of which are reflected on the financial statements. Fledging is a strategy that can be used to reduce such risks.
  5. The allowance method, under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) is the preferred method to account for uncollectibles and sales returns, both of which have a direct effect on the reported value of accounts receivable. The allowance method involves estimating the dollar amount of the uncollectibles or sales returns at the end of each accounting period and, based on that estimate, records an entry that reduces both net income and the balance in accounts receivable with a contra account called 'allowance for uncollectibles'.

5 True/False questions

  1. hedgingHedging is a strategy used by management to reduce the risk associated with fluctuations in the values of assets and liabilities.


  2. compensating balanceOperating cycle is the time it takes, in general, for a company to begin with cash, convert the cash to inventory (or a service), sell the inventory (or service), and receive cash payment.


  3. operating cycleAging is a method of estimating and analyzing collectible accounts receivable that categorizes individual accounts on the basis of the amount of time each has been outstanding. Each category is then multiplied by a different uncollectible percentage under the assumption that older accounts are more likely than new accounts to be uncollectable. This method is used primarily by management to identify and maintain control over uncollectible accounts receivables.


  4. escrowHedging is a strategy used by management to reduce the risk associated with fluctuations in the values of assets and liabilities.


  5. petty cashA small amount of cash kept on hand to cover minor expenses.


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