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Corporate Valuation for Portfolio Investment: Analyzing Assets, Earnings, Cash Flow, Stock Price, Governance, and Special Situations by ALEXANDRA REED LAJOUX, ROBERT A. G. MONKS

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APPENDIX B
Basic Accounting Concepts for Corporate Valuation
VALUATION-MINDED INVESTORS can benefit from knowing current accounting principles and standards. These two terms are used interchangeably, but they are different. A principle is a general concept that can be applied in all situations. A standard is a rule that fits a particular situation.
One of the hottest topics in accounting today is principles versus rules. Non-U.S. accounting tends to emphasize principles, whereas U.S. accounting tends to emphasize rules. Although the effort to develop a global standard seems to be headed toward principles, U.S. accounting is still focused on rules. The following materials should make this clear.

Summary of Tentative Global Accounting Decisions ...

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