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Working capital is widely misunderstood

Working capital is a widely used but often misunderstood term. To teach it well, the term needs careful scrutiny. The problem starts, as it usually does, with language. “Working” isn’t helpful—we don’t have non-working capital, but working capital suggests that it works and the rest of capital doesn’t. “Capital” is ambiguous and slippery—if you hear… Continue reading Working capital is widely misunderstood

Phenomenon-based learning

Accounting Cafe online seminar on 19 November 2021 Liz Marsland is a trailblazer in phenomenon-based learning. She unpacks the methods, the challenges and the benefits to students and teachers in using this multi-disciplinary approach that has wide application across subject areas and throughout educational levels. Elizabeth Marsland, CPA SHEA from Queensland University of Technology is… Continue reading Phenomenon-based learning

The nature of equity

Of the five financial statement elements, equity is the most mercurial. In part, because it’s a function of recognised assets less recognised liabilities, simply expressed in this form of the accounting equation. Assets – Liabilities = Equity (net assets) It’s this residual aspect of equity that makes balance sheets balance. They balance because equity is… Continue reading The nature of equity

What’s the ‘gateway drug’ for finance?

Accounting Cafe online seminar on 28 October 2021 Michael Gilmore believes that we need a gateway drug to get people hooked on finance. “The most generous estimates reckon 2/3 of the planet can’t answer some basic questions on finance, but plenty of that 1/3 have guessed their way to those answers with a bit of… Continue reading What’s the ‘gateway drug’ for finance?

What kind of professional are you? Informed, competent or complete?

Accounting Cafe online seminar on 23 September 2021 Hilary Lindsay contends that complete professionals are those who continue to learn in response to their environments. This requires more than professional knowledge and skills. It requires career adaptability. Whether you are at the beginning, middle, or coming to the end of your career, this session inspired… Continue reading What kind of professional are you? Informed, competent or complete?

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