Working capital is widely misunderstood

Accounting framework showing components of working capital

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

Goodwill explained in three words

Goodwill represents those ‘unidentified flying assets’ that can't be individually identified. Goodwill is one of those slippery concepts that accounting students can find confusing.  Accounting for goodwill brings the student in front of a number of difficult questions and misconceptions in accounting, such as the nature of an asset and the different accounting treatment of… Continue reading Goodwill explained in three words