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  1. percentage-of-credit-sales approach
  2. operating cycle
  3. compensating balance
  4. markdown
  5. working capital
  1. a The percentage-of-credit- sales approach is a method of estimating bad debts that multiplies a given percentage by the credit sales of a given accounting period. Percentage-of-credit-sales is a common method of estimating uncollectibles, used in conjunction with the allowance method, when accounting for accounts receivable.
  2. b A markdown is a reduction in sales price normally due to decreased demand for an item. Markdowns are very common in the retail industry, especially at the close of the seasons. These discounts are designed to accelerate sales of old items (boosting inventory turnover), making room for new inventories market price The market price is the price at which an asset can be exchanged in the open (output) market as of a particular point in time. See fair market value and stock price.
  3. c Current assets - Current liabilities. Working capital measures the extent to which a company's current assets cover its current liabilities. It is viewed as a measure of solvency and is often used in debt covenants to ensure that the borrower maintains a sufficient buffer of current assets to current liabilities. Like the current and quick ratio, however, working capital is a relatively weak measure of a company's solvency position.
  4. d Compensating balances are minimum cash balances that must be maintained in savings or checking accounts until certain loan obligations are satisfied. Compensating balances help financial institutions reduce the risks of default on outstanding loans by ensuring that at least some cash is available for scheduled loan payments.
  5. e Operating 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.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. Net realizable value is the net cash amount expected from the sale of an item, usually equal to the selling price of the item less the cost to complete and sell it.
  2. Escrow is the state of an item (e.g., cash) that has been put into the custody of a third party until certain conditions are fulfilled. Damage deposits on rental agreements, for example, are often held in escrow until the end of the rental period.
  3. 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.
  4. Hedging is a strategy used by management to reduce the risk associated with fluctuations in the values of assets and liabilities.
  5. Multinational corporations have their home in one country but operate and have subsidiaries operating within and under the laws of other countries.

5 True/False questions

  1. aging scheduleOperating 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.


  2. gross methodInitially recognize the full sales price (gross) and later discount the gross.


  3. accounts receivableAging 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. quick ratio(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.


  5. current assetsCurrent 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.