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Section I – Overall

Financial Accounting versus Financial Reporting (Financial Accounting in Context)

“Honest” Financial Accounting

  • General Characteristics of An Honest Financial Accounting
  • Major Examples for which US GAAP Fails to be Honest

Recognition and Measurement

  • Double-entry accounting
  • Which financial assets and liabilities to recognize?
  • Which non-financial assets and liabilities to recognize?
    • The case of goodwill
  • What attribute of assets and liabilities to measure?
  • Taking into account the effects of inflation

Section II – Presentation

Balance sheet

  • Balance sheet or “statement of financial position”?
  • Owners’ equity
  • Unit of Measure
  • Cash
  • Offsetting assets and liabilities
    • General
    • Consolidation and equity method
    • Leases
    • Repurchase agreements
    • Derivative financial instruments

Income Statement

  • “Accounting income” versus “income”
  • Clean versus dirty surplus
  • Recognized components of net income
  • Revenue recognition
  • Subtotals

Other financial statements and disclosures

  • General disclosure framework
  • Statement of cash flows
  • Statement of changes in residual interests (including goodwill)

Section III – Special Topics

Foreign operations and foreign currencies

Loans, receivables and interest



Hedge Accounting

Section IV – Supplementary Materials

Status of the FASB ASC within AHFA

Illustrations of the Application of AHFA

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