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Can Clark tell the difference between his favorite diet soda and a discount store knockoff???

Can Clark tell the difference between his favorite diet soda and a discount store knockoff???

by Beth Marcinko @ clark.com

Clark loves diet soda, but does he really know the difference between the name brand and generic? His blind taste test says it all.

Price to book ratio

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

The price to book ratio compares the current market price of a company's stock to its aggregate book value. When the ratio is excessively high, it can indicate that a company's shares are over-priced, especially when the ratio is high in comparison to the same calculation for other companies in the same industry. The calculation is:

Closing price of the stock ÷ (Total assets - Intangible assets - Liabilities)

Investors like to use the price to book ratio to search for undervalued companies, and invest in their stock in hopes of having the share price return to a more normal level over time. However, there are a number of issues with the ratio to be aware of, including the following:

  • The ratio could be low because the company has been mismanaged, in which case there can be no expectation that the ratio will improve over time.
  • The ratio could skewed too high because the company is using accelerated depreciation to write down the value of its fixed assets at an accelerated rate.
  • The company may have valuable intellectual property that does not appear on its balance sheet at all, but which is being recognized by investors through a high market price for its stock.
  • The company may be investing a large amount in research and development costs, which must be charged to expense as incurred, rather than capitalized. This tends to result in a comparatively low book value for the business.
  • The ratio is not overly useful when evaluating services firms and technology companies, since these entities have comparatively fewer fixed assets on their balance sheets.

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The Interpretation of Financial Statements 

Think going to Disney is too expensive? This competing park has a coupon for free admission!

Think going to Disney is too expensive? This competing park has a coupon for free admission!

by Theo Thimou @ clark.com

Does the buck stop at the Mouse for you? Here's a cheaper option that may fit your budget if your budget is "free"!

Consult This Employee Termination Checklist to Keep Things Running Smoothly

by Rachel Gray @ Payroll Tips, Training, and News

Employees leave companies every day to pursue growth opportunities, accommodate personal lives, or experience change. As an employer, you hope employees won’t leave your business, but you know this is wishful thinking. When an employee resigns, you need to know what to do. The average annual overall turnover rate is 19%, according to SHRM. If […]

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What You Need to Know About a Qualifying Life Event

by Rachel Gray @ Payroll Tips, Training, and News

Employees have a window of time each year to sign up for certain types of employer-sponsored insurance. Although this open enrollment period takes place at the end of each year for all employees, an employee can add or remove coverage at any time of the year if they have a qualifying life event. What is […]

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Culture Arts

by Natasha Drozdak @ South State Bank

Initiatives and organizations that support arts and culture in the communities we serve, including local museums, art educational programs, music...

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Direct Deposit Times for All Majors Banks (Chase, Wells Fargo, BofA...)

Direct Deposit Times for All Majors Banks (Chase, Wells Fargo, BofA...)


First Quarter Finance

These are the direct deposit times for Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, ADP, SunTrust, PNC, Huntington, TD Bank, BB&T, Fifth Third Bank, Citizens,

When to Pay Employees for FLSA Hours Worked

by Kaylee Riley @ Payroll Tips, Training, and News

When nonexempt employees are doing their primary job duties, it’s easy to tell that they are working. Their working time should be compensated. But, when nonexempt employees are not doing their main job duties, it can be more difficult to tell if they are working and if they should be compensated. The Fair Labor Standards […]

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Financial model

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

A financial model is a mathematical representation of the key variables impacting an organization, which is used to make estimates of how future scenarios will impact the performance and financial position of the business. This model is usually constructed on an electronic spreadsheet, using summary-level revenues and expenses, and employing formulas that change the results of the model when certain variables are altered. For example, variables could be used to model the impact of an increase in energy prices, a decline in product prices, a product recall, a change in the rate of sales growth, or a successful employee strike that results in increased compensation and benefit costs.

A financial model is useful for estimating the effects of a number of scenarios within a short period of time, though its effectiveness depends on how well the model mimics the business. An analyst can use a financial model for a number of purposes, such as:

  • Acquisitions. To determine the range of possible outcomes that an acquirer can expect with an acquiree, depending on the actions it takes after the deal has been closed.
  • Budgeting. To develop several scenarios as part of the budgeting process, to decide which scenarios to pursue when a detailed budget is constructed.
  • Capital budgeting. To determine a range of outcomes that might impact the cash flow return related to a prospective fixed asset purchase.
  • Risk analysis. To determine which variables can have the greatest negative effect on a firm, as part of a formal risk analysis.

There are two potential problems with financial models. One is that a model may not properly account for the variables that will impact the model's projected future results. The other problem is that a more complex model is at risk of having calculation errors built into it, which can be difficult to detect.

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Your Guide to Direct Deposit During the Holidays

by rapid! PayCard @ rapid! PayCard

The holiday season is around the corner, which for some means eggnog and lights on display, but for others it means payroll delays. Automated payment through direct deposit is proven to be more efficient, secure and cost-effective than paper checks. Still, there are a few considerations to keep in mind when switching over to electronic payment — especially around the holidays. The holiday season is a double-edged sword: it’s likely the most expensive time of the year, but is also full of banking holidays which can affect the timeliness of direct deposit. Here’s why. What is the ACH and why does it matter? The Automated Clearing House is an electronic... Read More

Kelly Foundation awards $100,000 to American Red Cross for Wildfire Relief

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

Major Gift earmarked exclusively for communities devastated and recovering SACRAMENTO, CA – December 5, 2017 – The Kelly Foundation, of which River City Bank is a major contributor, has awarded its 2018 Major Gift of $100,000 to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. The money is to be used exclusively to help those devastated
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Key Benchmarks to Measure the Effectiveness of your Accounts Payable

by Brian Edgmon @ ACOM Solutions Inc.

Over 40 years ago, renowned management consultant Peter Drucker said, “What gets measured gets improved.” That concept is still true today, and it applies to accounts payable processing. The questions for CFOs and Controllers are, “What do I measure?” and “How do I know if my numbers are great or just okay?” The key to […]

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Check your mail: Valpak may be sending you a $100 check!

Check your mail: Valpak may be sending you a $100 check!

by Mike Timmermann @ clark.com

Do you receive envelopes stuffed full of coupons from Valpak? There may be something more valuable inside.

Wires: Tips to Protect Your Money

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

Wires are inherently risky. Once a wire is sent, including a fraudulent wire, the transfer CANNOT be reversed. When sending a wire, it is extremely important that you personally know who you are sending the funds to. If you do not know the person or company, the request may be fraudulent. Allow us to point
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April is Community Banking Month

by Lindsey Rickman @ Farmers & Merchants Bank

Governor Nathan Deal Proclaims April as Community Banking Month April is Community Banking Month and the Community Bankers Association of Georgia and community banks across Georgia are recognizing the unique spirit that makes community banks the foundation of their communities in cities and towns throughout the state. Annually, community bankers across the country have come […]

Continuing professional education

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

Continuing professional education (CPE) is ongoing training that is required in order to remain certified as a professional in certain fields. The intent behind requiring this training is to force professionals to continue to update their knowledge of pertinent information that can improve their ability to serve their clients. In the accounting field, the state boards of accountancy all require a significant amount of CPE for certified public accountants (CPAs). Though the exact training requirements vary by state, the general requirements are:

  • To take 40 hours of training per year, with some minimum number of hours spent on accounting or auditing subjects; and
  • To take an ethics course every other year, which in some cases must pertain to the specific ethics requirements of the relevant state board of public accountancy.

If a CPA does not meet the CPE requirements of the governing state board of public accountancy, there is usually a requirement to make up the missing training time. If this does not happen within a reasonable period of time, then the person's CPA certificate is revoked.

There are a number of ways to fulfill the CPE requirement. A person may take classes from a CPE provider that is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, or which is registered with the applicable state board of public accountancy. These classes can take the form of online self-study training, online webinars, in-person training, and so forth. A recent change in the rules is nano learning, where extremely short courses are offered that grant fractions of a credit hour for course completion. Some proportion of a person's CPE hours can also be earned by teaching classes or writing relevant professional articles or books.

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8 ways to save money at Hobby Lobby

8 ways to save money at Hobby Lobby

by Theo Thimou @ clark.com

Don't expect to snag any savings at Hobby Lobby on a Sunday. The store closes for a day of rest "in order to allow our employees and customers more time for worship and family," according to the company's website. So here's how you can save money during the other six days of the week...

Frequently Asked Questions - Bank of Internet USA

Frequently Asked Questions - Bank of Internet USA


Bank of Internet USA

Bank of Internet USA invites you to read answers to some of the questions most frequently asked about our innovative online banking products and services.

Record-setting 2017 prompts $1,000 employee bonuses from River City Bank

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

SACRAMENTO, CA — January 30, 2018 —  River City Bank, Sacramento’s premier business bank, is awarding each employee at the Vice President level and below a $1,000 bonus following a successful 2017 fiscal year. The bank recently reported a record-setting $2 billion in total assets and a net income of $16.7 million for 2017. In recognition
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When are my funds available after deposit?

When are my funds available after deposit?


First Hawaiian Bank

Hawaii's oldest and largest bank offering personal, private, & business banking services. First Hawaiian Bank is consistently ranked in the top tier of all U.S. banks.

Cyber Security Tips

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

Cybersecurity best practices constitute an expansive list of things to do.  While in-depth security measures need to be implemented and managed by experts, you don’t need to be a cybersecurity pro to employ smart online safety habits that can go a long way in guarding against online crime. Small and simple steps, like the ones
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River City Bank reports record net income of $16.7 million for 2017

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

SACRAMENTO, CA — January 25, 2018 — River City Bank (the Bank) reported record net income of $16.7 million, or $11.52 per diluted share, for the year ending December 31, 2017, which was $1.8 million more than the $14.9 million, or $10.34 per diluted share, for the year ending December 31, 2016. The Bank’s earnings
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UPS and FedEx warning: Beware of deliveries you didn’t order

UPS and FedEx warning: Beware of deliveries you didn’t order

by Theo Thimou @ clark.com

Got a package at your door of something you didn't order? The real scam may be what happens next...

Understanding the Invoice Process and its Challenges

by Brian Edgmon @ ACOM Solutions Inc.

Receiving an invoice is the first step in the AP department payment process, but many people do not understand all the steps necessary in receiving, verifying, and tracking those invoices. It can be a complicated process and involves many steps that are crucial in maintaining accurate financial records. Manual invoice processes can present challenges to […]

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This Is How Chime Gets You Paid Early

This Is How Chime Gets You Paid Early


Chime Banking

At Chime, we love hearing from our Members. Your feedback motivates us every day to design a bank account that helps you take better control of your finances and get ahead. We often hear that one of our

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

by Lindsey Rickman @ Farmers & Merchants Bank

Childhood Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children. More than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes & pediatric AIDS – COMBINED! 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed every single week day 1 in every 330 children develop cancer before age 19 – it is NOT rare. 1 in every 5 children diagnosed with cancer dies. The […]

Grove

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

A grove is fruit or nut trees that have been planted in configurations designed to facilitate their care and harvesting. All limited-life land development costs associated with groves should be capitalized during the development period. Once production begins in commercial quantities, the accumulated costs are depreciated over the estimated useful life of the grove. During this time, the accumulated costs are reported on the balance sheet as a non-current asset.

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2017 CRA Public Comments

by Christine Okoye @ South State Bank

Letter to Mathew Lee Letter to Adam Drimer Letter to Eike and Exhibits 2017 CRA Public Comments

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Attention Online Banking Customers

by Lindsey Rickman @ Farmers & Merchants Bank

On May 1, 2017, Farmers and Merchants Bank will be rolling out an entirely new internet banking experience. We have rebuilt our internet services from the ground up and added several new features such as new and improved Bill Payment, eStatements, Mobile Banking, and Mobile Deposits.  As an existing internet banking user, you will be […]

How To Use FMB’s Mobile Deposit

by Lindsey Rickman @ Farmers & Merchants Bank

Transform Your Invoice Process with ACOM’s AP Automation

by Brian Edgmon @ ACOM Solutions Inc.

By now, most businesses are capitalizing on improved automation solutions for their AP processes. From processing invoices all the way to paying vendors, the AP department faces a lot of challenges that can be solved through innovative automation solutions. But what exactly does this mean? Streamlining processes through automation involves understanding organization needs and smoothly […]

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ACH vs. Direct Deposit - ACOM Solutions Inc.

ACH vs. Direct Deposit - ACOM Solutions Inc.


ACOM Solutions Inc.

Direct deposit is a type of payment sent through the Automated Clearing House network, much like ACH debit or credit transactions. For employees, direct deposit is a quick and flexible way to be paid. Since direct deposit relies on bank account information, employees or vendors can direct payment into different types

How to Save Money on Your Utility Bills

by Melanie Lockert @ Chime Banking

Do you cringe each month when you get your utility bills? When you see a super high bill, do you wonder what happened? We’ve all been there, and high bills for gas, electricity and cable can certainly put a dent in your bank account. But all is not lost. If you want to keep your […]

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15 of the best Dollar Tree storage and organization ideas

15 of the best Dollar Tree storage and organization ideas

by Mike Timmermann @ clark.com

You don't have to break your budget to get organized! Here are my favorite storage and organization products from the dollar store.

Human resource accounting

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

Human resource accounting involves the tracking of all costs related to employees in a separate report. These costs may include the following:

Such an accounting system can be used to determine where human resources costs are especially heavy or light in an organization. This information can be used to redirect employees toward those activities to which they can bring the most value. Conversely, the report can be used to identify those areas in which employee costs are too high, which may lead to a reduction in force or a reallocation of staff away from those areas.

A more comprehensive human resource accounting system goes beyond the simple tracking of employee-related costs, and addresses the following two additional areas:

  • Budgeting. An organization's annual budget includes a component, in which is concentrated all employee costs being incurred from across the organization. By concentrating cost information by its nature, management can more clearly see the total impact of human resource costs on the entity.
  • Employee valuation. Rather than looking at employees as costs, the system is redirected toward viewing them as assets. This can involve the assignment of values to employees based on their experience, education, innovativeness, leadership, and so forth. This can be a difficult area in which to achieve a verifiable level of quantification, and so may have limited value from a management perspective.

From an accounting perspective, the expense-based view of human resources is quite easy - employee costs from the various departments are simply aggregated into a report. The employee valuation approach is not a tenable concept for the accountant, since this is an internally-generated intangible asset, and so cannot be recorded in the accounting system.

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Evaluation of internal controls

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

An evaluation of internal control involves an examination of the effectiveness of an organization's system of internal controls. By engaging in this evaluation, an auditor can determine the extent of other tests that must be performed in order to arrive at an opinion regarding the fairness of the entity's financial statements. A robust system of internal controls reduces the risk of fraudulent activity, which moderates the need for additional audit procedures. The examination concentrates on such issues as:

The steps involved in this evaluation process include the following:

  1. Determine the extent and types of controls being used by the client.
  2. Determine which of these controls the auditor intends to rely upon.
  3. Based on the first two steps, determine which audit procedures should be expanded or reduced.
  4. Make recommendations to the client regarding how to improve its system of internal controls.

The last of the preceding steps is useful for improving the control environment for the auditor in the following year's audit.

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Turnover ratios

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

A turnover ratio represents the amount of assets or liabilities that a company replaces in relation to its sales. The concept is useful for determining the efficiency with which a business utilizes its assets. In most cases, a high asset turnover ratio is considered good, since it implies that receivables are collected quickly, fixed assets are heavily utilized, and little excess inventory is kept on hand. This implies a minimal need for invested funds, and therefore a high return on investment.

Conversely, a low liability turnover ratio (usually in relation to accounts payable) is considered good, since it implies that a company is taking the longest possible amount of time in which to pay its suppliers, and so has use of its cash for a longer period of time.

Examples of turnover ratios are:

  • Accounts receivable turnover ratio. Measures the time it takes to collect an average amount of accounts receivable. It can be impacted by the corporate credit policy, payment terms, the accuracy of billings, the activity level of the collections staff, the promptness of deduction processing, and a multitude of other factors.
  • Inventory turnover ratio. Measures the amount of inventory that must be maintained to support a given amount of sales. It can be impacted by the type of production process flow system used, the presence of obsolete inventory, management's policy for filling orders, inventory record accuracy, the use of manufacturing outsourcing, and so on.
  • Fixed asset turnover ratio. Measures the fixed asset investment needed to maintain a given amount of sales. It can be impacted by the use of throughput analysis, manufacturing outsourcing, capacity management, and other factors.
  • Accounts payable turnover ratio. Measures the time period over which a company is allowed to hold trade payables before being obligated to pay suppliers. It is primarily impacted by the terms negotiated with suppliers and the presence of early payment discounts.

The turnover ratio concept is also used in relation to investment funds. In this context, it refers to the proportion of investment holdings that have been replaced in a given year. A low turnover ratio implies that the fund manager is not incurring many brokerage transaction fees to sell off and/or purchase securities. The turnover level for a fund is typically based on the investment strategy of the fund manager, so a buy-and-hold manager will experience a low turnover ratio, while a manager with a more active strategy will be more likely to experience a high turnover ratio and must generate greater returns in order to offset the increased transaction fees.

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How do I set up my direct deposit and receive my earnings?

How do I set up my direct deposit and receive my earnings?


Postmates Fleet Help Center

 Once your account is activated, sign in to your Fleet Dashboard and link your bank account.Click here to link your bank account.Add Your Bank AccountPostmates requires a transactional bank acc...

How to Save Money When You Get a Windfall of Cash

by Jackie Lam @ Chime Banking

Ah, there’s nothing quite like receiving a windfall of money. It may come by way of an unexpected inheritance, a work bonus or a job promotion. And depending on how you spend it, that sweet bit of extra cash may leave you feeling either relaxed or stressed out. While it’s tempting to spend it immediately, […]

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Inventory change

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

Inventory change is the difference between the inventory totals for the last reporting period and the current reporting period. The concept is used in calculating the cost of goods sold, and in the materials management department as the starting point for reviewing how well inventory is being managed. It is also used in budgeting to estimate future cash requirements. If a business only issues financial statements on an annual basis, then the calculation of the inventory change will span a one-year time period. More commonly, the inventory change is calculated over only one month or a quarter, which is indicative of the more normal frequency with which financial statements are issued.

For example, if the ending inventory at the end of February was $400,000 and the ending inventory at the end of March was $500,000, then the inventory change was +$100,000.

The inventory change calculation is applicable to the following areas:

  • Accounting. Inventory change is part of the formula used to calculate the cost of goods sold for a reporting period. The full formula is: Beginning inventory + Purchases - Ending inventory = Cost of goods sold. The inventory change figure can be substituted into this formula, so that the replacement formula is: Purchases + Inventory decrease  - Inventory increase = Cost of goods sold. Thus, it can be used to slightly compress the calculation of the cost of goods sold.
  • Inventory management. The materials management staff uses the inventory change concept to determine how its purchasing and materials usage policies have altered the company's net investment in inventory. They typically drill down from the inventory change figure and review changes for each type of inventory (e.g., raw materials, work in process, and finished goods), and then drill down further to see where changes arose at the level of each stock keeping unit. The result of this analysis may include changes in ordering policies, the correction of faulty bills of material, and alterations to the production schedule.
  • Cash budgeting. The budgeting staff estimates the inventory change in each future period. Doing so impacts the amount of cash needed in each of these periods, since a reduction in inventory generates cash for other purposes, while an increase in inventory will require the use of cash.

The concept is also used in a general sense to keep track of the overall investment in inventory, which management may monitor to see if working capital levels are increasing at too rapid a pace.

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Apple Pay Cash is Now Live — How Does it Work?

by rapid! PayCard @ rapid! PayCard

Learn everything you need to know about the new Apple P2P payment system That one friend, the one who still hasn’t repaid you for pizza because he “doesn’t have the right app,” is in trouble. Today, iPhone users can access what experts in the tech industry are calling “the Venmo Killer”: Apple Pay Cash. Apple Pay cash is a P2P payment service which allows users to send and receive payment through iMessage The days of P2P fragmentation are over. Thanks to Apple Pay Cash, all money transfers can take place through a central, default iOS application, and ultimately unify all P2P transactions under one secure, and intuitive, system. How to... Read More

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Debit Card Upgrade

by Lindsey Rickman @ Farmers & Merchants Bank

Debit Card Upgrade A New Farmers & Merchants Bank Debit Card! Farmers & Merchants Bank has partnered with Fiserv to give you a debit card with enhanced security features, additional payment options and exceptional benefits. Why are you replacing my card? Farmers & Merchants Bank is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of […]

Education

by Natasha Drozdak @ South State Bank

Through local initiatives and programs that promote financial literacy and responsibility, we work to provide opportunities at the Pre K-12,...

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How AP Automation Can Simplify Your Bank Reconciliation Process

by Brian Edgmon @ ACOM Solutions Inc.

Bank reconciliation is a necessary but often painful process that companies should regularly complete for cash management purposes. Without an accurate picture of your company’s financial state, you could end up bouncing payments, incurring late payment fees, or end up with insufficient fund charges.  Your staff should be diligent in their record keeping to maintain […]

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What Is an FEIN?

by Mike Kappel @ Payroll Tips, Training, and News

When you run a business, you must meet many IRS requirements. You might need an FEIN to identify your business on documents like payroll tax forms. What does FEIN mean? What is an FEIN? FEIN is an acronym for Federal Employer Identification Number, also known as an EIN. This unique, nine-digit number is used by […]

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National Teach Children to Save Day

by rapid! PayCard @ rapid! PayCard

Like any company that provides technology to make life easier, we examine the millennial demographic. They are the population sector interested in options – from ways to communicate, to ways to bank. In their April 2016, article, Pew Research Center cited estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau that millennials have now “surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation”. A powerful consumer force, the members of this group are working “real jobs” and building careers. They are open to alternatives. They also need them as they don’t typically comply with traditional banking methods. Per rapid! PayCard’s October 2016 article about banking options for millennials and the flexibility of getting... Read More

Nonprofit accounting

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

Nonprofit accounting refers to the unique system of recordation and reporting that is applied to the business transactions engaged in by a nonprofit organization. A nonprofit entity is one that has no ownership interests, has an operating purpose other than to earn a profit, and which receives significant contributions from third parties that do not expect to receive a return. Nonprofit accounting employs the following concepts that differ from the accounting by a for-profit entity:

  • Net assets. Net assets take the place of equity in the balance sheet, since there are no investors to take an equity position in a nonprofit.
  • Donor restrictions. Net assets are classified as being either with donor restrictions or without donor restrictions. Assets with donor restrictions can only be used in certain ways, frequently being assigned only to specific programs. Assets without donor restrictions can be used for any purpose.
  • Programs. A nonprofit exists in order to provide some kind of service, which is called a program. A nonprofit may operate a number of different programs, each of which is accounted for separately. By doing so, one can view the revenues and expenses associated with each program.
  • Management and administration. Costs may be assigned to the management and administration classification, which refers to the general overhead structure of a nonprofit. Donors want this figure to be as low as possible, which implies that the bulk of their contributions are going straight to programs.
  • Fund raising. Costs may be assigned to the fund raising classification, which refers to the sales and marketing activities of a nonprofit, such as solicitations, fund raising events, and writing grant proposals.
  • Financial statements. The financial statements produced by a nonprofit entity differ in several respects from those issued by a for-profit entity. For example, the statement of activities replaces the income statement, while the statement of financial position replaces the balance sheet. Both for-profit and nonprofit entities issue a statement of cash flows. Finally, there is no nonprofit equivalent for the statement of stockholders' equity, since a nonprofit has no equity.

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Meet Nick Capraro

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

Nick Capraro is the Banking Center Manager for both the Davis and Downtown branches of River City Bank. Nick is responsible for ensuring both branches run smoothly and the needs of all its customers are met. We caught him during his busy work day to sit down with us to discuss baseball, endurance running, and
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Minimum internet speeds for YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, Sling TV and other live TV streaming services

Minimum internet speeds for YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, Sling TV and other live TV streaming services

by Mike Timmermann @ clark.com

If you're thinking about canceling cable or satellite TV to sign up for an affordable live TV streaming service, make sure that your internet connection can handle it.

The Equifax Hack Was Worse Than Expected. What to Do Next

by Jeanine Skowronski @ Chime Banking

Looks like that worst-ever Equifax data breach was … actually worse. In late 2017, the credit reporting agency divulged a systems breach exposed the personal information of 145.5 millions Americans, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, dispute documents, as well as some credit card account and driver’s license numbers. But the hackers also obtained […]

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Discount Tire vs Costco, Tire Rack, NBT, etc: Competitors Compared

by Kathrina Bognot @ First Quarter Finance

Discount Tire may be the largest independent tire retailer but it’s certainly not the only one. We have the list of tire retailers, including: Big O Tires, Costco Tires, NTB, Pep Boys, Sears Auto Center, Tire Discounters, and Walmart Auto Care Center. We break down the brands and services offered as well as a general […]

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Switching your direct deposit | A quick and easy step-by-step guide

Switching your direct deposit | A quick and easy step-by-step guide


Clark Howard

After switching to a better bank, one of the first things you’ll want to do is set up direct deposit to get your paycheck automatically sent to your new account.

How to set up payroll direct deposit

How to set up payroll direct deposit


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This article applies to Payroll by Wave in Canada. If your business is located in the US, you may find this guide more helpful.Direct deposit means your employees can get paid automatically, and y...

Capture Early Pay Vendor Discounts with an Automated ePayables Solution

by Brian Edgmon @ ACOM Solutions Inc.

If you are a B2B company, you know that processing payments efficiently is one of the best ways to maintain positive client relationships. You may also know about the high cost that can be associated with issuing payments efficiently, especially via paper checks, which is currently estimated to be $26 to $54 billion annually! This […]

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What Time Does My Money Transfer Into My USA Bank Account?

What Time Does My Money Transfer Into My USA Bank Account?


ToughNickel

Banks vary in terms of when they process deposits and make money available to account holders. Find out what time of day your banks makes newly deposited funds available for withdrawal.

How P2P Payment is Changing Personal Finance

by rapid! PayCard @ rapid! PayCard

Emerging Peer-to-peer payment technology is growing in popularity, and will soon make back-of-napkin IOUs obsolete. Peer-to-peer payment, also known as P2P payment, is online technology that allows users to transfer funds from a bank account or credit card via the internet or mobile phone. One study found that nearly a quarter of mobile users sent money to another person from an app in 2016 — this statistic nearly triples when it comes to the millennial generation. The growing trend of P2P payment is just another chapter in 21st century technological augmentation of traditional services. Whether it’s ridesharing, online shopping, or P2P payment, consumers are foregoing tradition, and choosing digital alternatives... Read More

Kelly Foundation awards $100,000 grant to Sacramento Cottage Housing, Inc.

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

2017 Major Gift already aiding nonprofit agency’s evolution to become self-sustainable SACRAMENTO, CA —March 13, 2016 —The Kelly Foundation awarded its 2017 Major Gift of $100,000 to Sacramento Cottage Housing, Inc., a not-for-profit agency that provides long-term housing and a supportive living environment for formerly homeless individuals and families. The award constituted the Kelly Foundation’s largest single donation of
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Cook the books

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

To cook the books means that the managers of a business are deliberately falsifying certain aspects of its financial statements to give investors a false impression of the true state of the business. Alternatively, they engage in business practices to enhance financial results that are technically legal, but which will have a negative impact on the business over the long term. A number of techniques can be used to cook the books, such as the following:

Falsification activities

  • Leaving the books open past the end of the month to record additional sales within the prior reporting period.
  • Not recording expenses in the reporting period, even though they clearly reflect resource consumption in the period.
  • Altering the terms of leasing arrangements so that the liability appears to be held by a third party, thereby keeping the liability off the entity's balance sheet.
  • Falsely recording pension liabilities lower than is really the case.
  • Setting up expense reserves, such as the allowance for doubtful accounts, that do not reflect the actual loss rate.
  • Recording consignment sales as though they are actual sales.
  • Taking a one-time charge that is set up as a "cookie jar," which can be used in subsequent periods to write off expenses and artificially inflate profits.

Business practices

  • Engage in channel stuffing to sell more goods to customers than they can realistically use.
  • Grant much higher credit levels to customers in order to boost sales, even though the customers may not be able to pay off the receivables.

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Valuation account

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

A valuation account is paired with an asset or liability account, and is used to offset the value of the assets or liabilities recorded in the account with which it is paired. The result of this account pairing is a net balance, which is the carrying amount of the underlying asset or liability. The "valuation account" term is a less-used phrase that has the same meaning as the contra account concept.

Examples of valuation accounts are:

  • Allowance for doubtful accounts (paired with the trade accounts receivable account)
  • Allowance for obsolete inventory (paired with the inventory account)
  • Accumulated depreciation (paired with the various fixed asset accounts)
  • Discount on bonds payable (paired with the bonds payable account)
  • Premium on bonds payable (paired with the bonds payable account)

The valuation account concept is useful for estimating any possible reductions in the values of assets or liabilities prior to a more definitive transaction that firmly establishes a reduction.

Valuation accounts are only used in accrual basis accounting. They are not used in cash basis accounting.

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A valuation account is also known as a valuation reserve or contra account.

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7 Habits That Will Help You Lead a More Successful and Productive Life

by Due.com @ Chime Banking

Regardless what path in life you’re on, your habits will dictate your success. They can empower you to achieve your goals just as easily as they can derail you. That said it’s just as important to focus on maintaining good habits as it is to rid yourself of the bad ones. In this article we’ll cover […]

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Big tipper? Find out which states are most and least generous with gratuities

Big tipper? Find out which states are most and least generous with gratuities

by Craig Johnson @ clark.com

If you’re like many Americans, you may feel that what you tip at a particular restaurant has everything to do with the service you’re getting – but that may not necessarily be the case. A recent study shows which region …

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The difference between an invoice and a statement

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

A customer may receive an invoice and a statement from a supplier. What is the difference between these two documents? When a seller issues an invoice to a buyer, the invoice is related to a specific sale transaction where goods or services were provided to the buyer. Since the invoice relates to a specific sale transaction, it itemizes all of the information the buyer needs to know in order to pay the seller, including:

  • Invoice number
  • Invoice date
  • Item description
  • Item price
  • Shipping and handling charges
  • Sales tax
  • Total amount payable
  • Remit to address
  • Payment terms and early payment discount terms (if any)

The intent of an invoice is either to collect payment from the buyer, or to create evidence of the sale (if payment was made in advance or in cash). If payment was made at the time of sale, the invoice is stamped "Paid" before issuing it to the buyer.

When a seller issues a statement, the document itemizes all invoices that have not yet been paid by the buyer, as well as partial payments. In this case, the intent is to remind the buyer that it has an obligation to pay the seller. Since the statement is more aggregated than an invoice, it provides less detailed information at the invoice level. It typically includes the following items:

  • Statement date
  • Invoice numbers
  • Invoice dates
  • Invoice totals

A more sophisticated statement will aggregate invoice totals by time bucket, so that overdue invoices are clearly shown.

Invoices are issued whenever a sale has been completed, so they may be issued every day and in significant quantities. However, statements are usually only issued at regular intervals, such as once a month, as part of a company's collection activities.

From the perspective of the buyer, the receipt of an invoice triggers an accounting transaction, which is an account payable. Conversely, the receipt of a statement is strictly informational - it does not trigger the creation of an accounting transaction.

It can be unwise to treat a statement as an invoice and pay items listed on the statement, since it is possible that the buyer already paid for those items, but the payment has not yet been reflected in the seller's accounting system. A better alternative for the buyer is to make inquiries about any invoices that are listed on the statement, and obtain more detailed information before issuing a payment.

There can be some confusion between the invoice and statement terms when dealing with credit card providers, since they issue a "statement" that is actually an invoice.

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Healthcare and Human Services

by Natasha Drozdak @ South State Bank

This includes local initiatives and organizations that support the improvements of health, wellness and hunger.

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River City Bank welcomes finance expert Kerry Gordon to its board of directors

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

Veteran CPA will leverage strategic business planning expertise on the board Sacramento, CA – March 27, 2018 – River City Bank announces Kerry Gordon as the newest member appointed to its Board of Directors. Gordon brings more than 40 years of experience in public accounting, gaining his initial experience as a Certified Public Accountant with Coopers
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Collateral Loans & Hard Money Loans for Bad Credit: List of Providers

by Ellen Seltz @ First Quarter Finance

Finding a hard money lender for an investment property or home takes care. Included in this article is a safe borrowing checklist to help you think through the process and vet potential lenders. We also have the list of nationwide hard money lenders that will work with poor credit, including Allrise Financial Group, Do Hard […]

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Newly Formed Region Finance Announces City of Elk Grove as First Partner

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

New trade association aims to leverage $1 billion of local funds for economic growth Sacramento, Calif – November 9, 2017 – Region Finance, a newly formed trade association, is aiming to advance regional economic growth by encouraging Sacramento region municipalities to invest $1 billion of its funds into local community banks in the six-county Sacramento
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Why every business should consider switching to electronic payroll

by rapid! PayCard @ rapid! PayCard

Due to advancements in technology, utilizing payroll checks is becoming an outdated form of payment. Automated payment through direct deposit saves time and money, enhances security1, 2 and can make payday easy for employers and employees. Yet, resistance to modern banking solutions like direct deposit and paycards prevent many businesses from progressing in the 21st century. Paycard technology is growing in popularity, and as the benefits of switching to electronic payroll compound,  it becomes more difficult for businesses to avoid trying out alternative payment methods such as the rapid! PayCard. Still not convinced? Here are 3 reasons why paycheck holdouts are making the switch to a more convenient, modern, and... Read More

Cities and Municipalities Can Jump off the Invoice Processing Treadmill

by Brian Edgmon @ ACOM Solutions Inc.

The accounts payable departments at cities and municipalities must feel like they are on a treadmill. Much of their day is spent on transaction processing such as: Keying invoice information Tracking down approvals Physically routing invoices Following up on approvals Resolving exceptions via back-and-forth e-mails and phone calls Keying information on approved invoices into an […]

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Report: Draft bill would allow credit reporting agencies, banks to conceal data breaches

Report: Draft bill would allow credit reporting agencies, banks to conceal data breaches

by Craig Johnson @ clark.com

As we have chronicled over the past several months, congressional scrutiny of the Equifax data breach has ebbed and flowed with the headlines.

Lasting consumer protections have been hard to come by for various reasons. But one of the more …

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Fluid Film Review & Auto Undercoating Comparison (Krown, NH Oil)

by Bryan Cockfield @ First Quarter Finance

Automotive undercoating is important to help prevent rust and corrosion, especially in colder climates. Oil-based products like Krown Rust Control, NH Oil Undercoating, and Fluid Film are three popular and effective undercoating brands. “Traditional” undercoating offered by dealerships on new cars isn’t necessarily the same thing and does not prevent rust in the long term. […]

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The 10 Most Significant Obstacles Preventing Debt Elimination

by Due.com @ Chime Banking

Debt continues to be a problem among Americans of all ages and walks of life. In 2017, the total consumer debt among Americans rose 8.8 percent, to $3.827 trillion, setting a new record. The average household has a credit card balance of $15,654, and with total debts (including mortgages) of $131,431. With numbers consistently growing year over […]

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Here’s How to Improve Your Credit Score Faster

by Paul Sisolak @ Chime Banking

Good things may come to those who wait, but time isn’t on your side if you’re struggling to raise your credit score quickly. More than 30 percent of Americans have poor credit, and if you’re one of them it can be hard to improve it. Many people aim for a credit-building secured credit card, but it could […]

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Schedule a Check-up for Your Financial Life

by rapid! PayCard @ rapid! PayCard

Most of us are diligent about maintaining the various aspects of our life. We swap out the batteries on our smoke detectors with regularity; we schedule annual physicals, and get our car’s oil changed based on the manufacturer’s mileage recommendation. Still, many of us tend to take better care of our cars than we do our financial life. The irony being, an un-tended financial life can break down just as assuredly as an under-serviced automobile. It can run out of gas, but it can also seize up and need a roadside tow. In short, a well-examined financial life is worth exploring. 1. Schedule. Set a recurring point in time for... Read More

5 Creative Habits That Will Keep Your Finances On Track

by Ben Luthi @ Chime Banking

Improving your financial situation may seem as easy as saving more money and decreasing your expenses. But here’s the thing: if you want to see long-term improvements, you’ve got to first establish some good financial habits. This will help you both get on the right track and achieve your money goals. Financial habits are really […]

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Correcting Employment Taxes: What to Do If You Withhold the Wrong Amount

by Rachel Gray @ Payroll Tips, Training, and News

It’s easy to make mistakes, especially when you have a million and one things on your plate. One error you could make is deducting the wrong amount from employee wages. Correcting employment taxes is necessary if you withhold too much or too little from your employees’ paychecks. This article provides an overview of employment taxes […]

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This Is Why Research On Behavioral Finance Won the Nobel Prize

by Cat Alford @ Chime Banking

In October 2017, Richard Thaler got the call he’d been hoping for. After 40 plus years of economics research, he learned he won the Nobel Prize. As an economist, he faced ridicule from his colleagues for his research connecting human behavior to economics. Winning the Nobel Prize for his work in behavioral finance meant that his […]

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Cases of a potentially deadly bacteria being reported throughout the country are prompting warnings from vets to pet owners.

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rapid! PayCard Green Dot Announcement

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Green Dot to Acquire UniRush, LLC, Operating Company for RushCard and Rapid! PayCard Transaction Expected to Generate Significant Strategic and Financial Synergies PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire UniRush, LLC, and its operating businesses RushCard, a leading online direct-to-consumer general purpose reloadable prepaid card provider, and Rapid! PayCard, a leading corporate payroll card provider. The acquisition, which maps to “Step Five” of Green Dot’s “Six Step Plan” to enhance shareholder value, materially expands Green Dot’s scale with the addition of the RushCard and Rapid! PayCard installed customer bases, while establishing Green Dot as a formidable player in the growing... Read More

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How to Prepare for an Interview When You’re Self-Employed

by Due.com @ Chime Banking

There are many myths about self-employment that people may start to mistake for fact. Working for yourself can be a great thing, but it doesn’t always mean you’ll be 100% in control of your career and the day-to-day operations. Often times, you’ll still have to work with others and may even have to please clients if you’re […]

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You can buy almost anything at Walmart…why not a used car, too?

You can buy almost anything at Walmart…why not a used car, too?

by Theo Thimou @ clark.com

Used car buyers have historically been faced with a lot of both hazard and opportunity.

The hazard comes into the equation because used cars come with a history and you don’t want to be buying someone else’s headache.

But the …

5 Facts About Women and Money for International Women’s Day

by Chelsea Brennan @ Chime Banking

Did you know that only 22% of U.S. women can answer three fundamental finance-related questions correctly? It’s sad but true. While women have made significant strides to close the gender gaps in education, employment, and even wealth, the gap in financial literacy is still glaring. But, in order to even begin bridging this gap, it’s important to understand that […]

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Throughput definition

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

Throughput is the number of units that pass through a process during a period of time. This general definition can be refined into the following two variations, which are:

  • Operational perspective. Throughput is the number of units that can be produced by a production process within a certain period of time. For example, if 800 units can be produced during an eight-hour shift, then the production process generates throughput of 100 units per hour.
  • Financial perspective. Throughput is the revenues generated by a production process, minus all completely variable expenses incurred by that process. In most cases, the only completely variable expenses are direct materials and sales commissions. Given the small number of expenses, throughput tends to be quite high, except for those situations in which prices are set only slightly higher than variable expenses.

For operations, throughput can be increased by enhancing the productivity of the bottleneck operation that is constraining production. For example, an additional machine can be purchased, or overtime can be authorized in order to run a machine for an extra shift. The key point is to focus attention on the productivity of the bottleneck operation. If other operations are improved, the overall throughput of the system will not increase, since the bottleneck operation has not been enhanced. This means that the key focus of investment in the production area should be on the bottleneck, not other operations.

For financial analysis, throughput can be increased by altering the mix of products being produced, to increase the priority on those products that have the highest throughput per minute of time required at the constrained resource. If a product has a smaller amount of throughput per minute, it can instead be routed to a third party for processing, rather than interfering with the bottleneck operation. As long as some positive throughput is gained by outsourcing, the result is an increased overall level of the throughput for the company as a whole.

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Types of financial analysis

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

Financial analysis involves the review of an organization's financial information in order to arrive at business decisions. This analysis can take several forms, with each one intended for a different use. The types of financial analysis are:

  • Horizontal analysis. This involves the side-by-side comparison of the financial results of an organization for a number of consecutive reporting periods. The intent is to discern any spikes or declines in the data that could be used as the basis for a more detailed examination of financial results.
  • Vertical analysis. This is a proportional analysis of the various expenses on the income statement, measured as a percentage of net sales. The same analysis can be used for the balance sheet. These proportions should be consistent over time; if not, one can investigate further into the reasons for a percentage change.
  • Short term analysis. This is a detailed review of working capital, involving the calculation of turnover rates for accounts receivable, inventory, and accounts payable. Any differences from the long-term average turnover rate are worth investigating further, since working capital is a key user of cash.
  • Multi-company comparison. This involves the calculation and comparison of the key financial ratios of two organizations, usually within the same industry. The intent is to determine the comparative financial strengths and weaknesses of the two firms, based on their financial statements.
  • Industry comparison. This is similar to the multi-company comparison, except that the comparison is between the results of a specific business and the average results of an entire industry. The intent is to see if there are any unusual results in comparison to the average method of doing business.

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River City Bank reports an increase to the quarterly cash dividend on common shares

by Marketing Dept @ River City Bank

SACRAMENTO, CA — January 29, 2018 — Steve Fleming, president and chief executive officer of River City Bank (the Bank), announced that the Bank’s board of directors has approved, in connection with the Bank’s recently reported net income of $1.4 million and $16.7 million, or $0.98 and $11.52 diluted earnings per share, for the quarter
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Cookie jar accounting

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

Cookie jar accounting occurs when a business sets up excessive reserves in profitable periods and draws down these reserves during lower-profit periods. The intent is to give the impression that the organization generates more consistent results than is really the case. When investors believe that a firm is able to consistently meet its earnings targets, they tend to place a higher value on its stock. There is a greater temptation to use cookie jar accounting among publicly held businesses, since doing so can mislead analysts into issuing more favorable reports about them to the investment community. This approach to reporting earnings does not reflect actual results, and so can be considered fraudulent reporting.

Cookie jar reserves can be created either by over-estimating the more common reserves (such as for bad debts) or by taking large one-time charges for expected losses from one-time events, such as acquisitions or downsizings.

The term comes from the practice of using a “cookie jar” of reserves whenever needed.

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Organic growth

by Steven Bragg @ Articles - AccountingTools

Organic growth is the increase in sales of a business generated by those of its operations that were in existence at the beginning of the measurement period. The concept is used to differentiate between sales generated from existing operations and those operations that were acquired during the measurement period. In particular, organic growth is used to determine whether existing operations are in a state of decline, neutral growth, or expansion. It is entirely possible that organic "growth" will actually be negative.

For example, a company may report 100% growth during a period, but further analysis may reveal that 95% of the growth was from sales attributable to an acquisition and 5% to existing operations.

Organic growth can be caused by any of the following:

  • An increase in prices
  • An increase in units sold of existing products
  • Sales of new products from existing operations
  • Sales to new customers for products from existing operations
  • Sales generated by new distribution channels
  • Sales generated in new sales regions

Organic growth nearly always refers to changes in revenue, but can be used in reference to changes in profitability or cash flows.

The organic growth concept is a solid growth strategy for many businesses. This approach depends on internally-generated growth, rather than through acquisitions, and is a particularly viable option for a business that does not have sufficient cash to acquire other entities. However, this type of growth tends to be rather slow, especially when compared to the massive sales gains that can be achieved through an acquisition strategy. Also, organic growth could be in a sales segment that does not generate much cash flow, whereas an acquisition could generate sales in a more profitable segment of the market.

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Should Businesses Stop Accepting Cash?

by rapid! PayCard @ rapid! PayCard

Visa is paying out a jackpot to vendors willing to bet against old money, and roll the dice on cashless transactions. Visa will give $10,000 to 50 restaurants that pledge to go cashless. The new initiative, what Visa executive Jack Forestall calls “a journey to go cashless,” will incentivize vendors to rip off the bandaid of paper transactions and progress to a cashless system. The money can be used for marketing and updating point of sale technology to focus payment exclusively on credit and debit cards and electronic payment. Visa will select participating merchants in August. Cash remains the predominate method of payment, according to the Federal Reserve. A report... Read More

Trailer Financing for Bad Credit (or No Credit) Borrowers

by Katie Spence @ First Quarter Finance

Do you need a trailer but have bad credit and no cash? Here are six lenders who can help, regardless of your credit history: Capital Solutions, RockSolid Funding, RV Financing USA, Trailer Solutions Financial, BecksTrailerStore.com, and Worldwide Equipment Sales. Be sure to ask about associated fees and consider trailer insurance if you will be using […]

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Should You Pay Employees by Check or Direct Deposit?

Should You Pay Employees by Check or Direct Deposit?


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Planning on hiring? Welcome to the world of payroll decisions. We’re going over the pros and cons of paying employees by check or direct deposit.

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