Effective Annual Interest Rate

Effective Interest Rate

The total amount of interest earned or paid in a year on any financial products, loans etc. is called as the effective annual interest rate. The effective annual interest rate is also known as an effective interest rate.

So, how to calculate effective interest rate? Here is the formula: r = (1+i/n) n -1

r= effective interest rate   n = no. of periods   i= annual interest rate

Effective annual interest rate calculates while considering compound rates instead of static interest rates.

Cash Receipts Journal

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Cash receipts journal in accounting

Cash receipts journal is a special type of ledger which records details of only cash receipts. This ledger reflects in the journal under the category “Cash Sales”.  Debit and credit both columns need to be recorded simultaneously. In debit side cash should be debited and in credit side sales need to be entered.

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Capital Budgeting

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Capital Budgeting – SlickAccount

Capital Budgeting is a process which analyzes the frequency of return on long-term & short-term investments to be made by a business. Capital Budgeting is same as Investment appraisal.

Capital Budgeting is an important & complex task as the analysis needs to be accurate to determine the return value of investments.

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Accounting Rate of Return

Accounting rate of return also called as Average rate return. Accounting rate return calculates the amount of profit company/entity incurred from the money invested. Accounting rate of return never considers the time value of money.

The formula to calculate accounting rate of return is: Average return during period / Average investment

Average Investment = Book value at the beginning of 1st year + Book value at the end of useful life /2

Average return during period = Profit after tax/ Life of investment

Accelerated Depreciation

Accelerated depreciation is a method to calculate the book value of a fixed asset over the years. In this method, the relative asset incurred higher expenses than last remaining years, unlike straight-line method.

There are two methods two calculate accelerated depreciation i.e. double declining balance method and Sum of the years’ digits method.

Double declining balance method formula

Annual Depreciation Expenses = Net Book Value x 2/Useful life in years

Sum of the years’ digits method formula

Depreciation Expense = Remaining useful life of asset / Sum of the years digits x Depreciable Cost

Accounting Equation

The accounting equation is a rule or you can say formula to calculate the total asset of a company/entity. There are there accounting equations.

  • Assets = Liabilities + Owner’s Equity
  • Assets = Liabilities + Shareholder’s Equity (For Corporation )
  • Assets = Liabilities + Net assets (For Non-Profit Organizations like NGO)

The Balance sheet prepared using this rule. Double entry bookkeeping system formed on the basis of the accounting equation.

Accrued Liabilities

Accrued liabilities usually referred to those transactions which are incurred by an entity but yet not have been paid or receive an invoice.

There are two types of accrued liabilities i.e. short-term accrued liability and long-term accrued liability. Short term accrued liabilities are daily basis transactions which happen on a regular basis. Long-term accrued liabilities which happen very rarely but for a longer period of time.

Examples: Accrued wages, accrued pension liability, accrued interest on loan payable etc.

Balance Sheet

A balance sheet is an important financial statement prepared by a company at a specific date on a regular basis to showcase its financial situation.

The balance sheet includes cash-flow statement, income & expense statement, asset and liability details. In short, it shows all transaction details.

A balance sheet is the main point interest for a shareholder, company advisor, business partner etc.

The Balance sheet abides by the following rule:

Assets = Liability + Shareholder’s Equity

Financial Accounting

Financial accounting is the process of preparing financial reports for both internal and external use of a business. Financial report includes balance sheet, cash flow & income & expense, equity & liability statement.

This kind of report needs at the time of tax filing, company valuation etc.

Trial Balance

Trial balance is a way of bookkeeping to ensure all ledger inputs are correct. In trail balance all credit balances entry under credit balance head and debit inputs under ledger balance head. If credit and debit balance found to be identical then we could conclude that there is no error in accounting entries.

Trail balance prepared in a regular period to minimise accounting error. In companies point of view, it’s an important task needs to do regularly. It would help to prepare company’s financial statements with zero error.

Factory overhead costs

Factory overhead is also named as manufacturing overhead. Factory overhead cost is the total operational cost used for production or manufacturing in a factory. It’s not the direct cost associated with raw material and labor. Its also called an indirect cost.

Factory overhead includes in manufacturing cost category.

Bank Reconciliation

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Bank reconciliation is a process of comparing company’s own financial record with bank record to maintain the accurate figure.

Bank reconciliation is very necessary as it helps to avoid any overdraft payments, duplicate charges etc. Double entry bookkeeping is one way to perform reconciliation. Bank reconciliation needs to be prepared for every month. Bank reconciliation is a way of finding errors in bank account and company’s ledger account.

Endowment Fund

Endowment fund is always held by a non-profit organization as invested capital in this fund need to use for only non-profit works. In endowment fund the principal amount must be retained and earnings from this fund only can use for operational works.

This fund integrated with non-profit organizations like collage, universities, NGO, hospitals, church etc.

Liquidity Ratio

Liquidity ratio measures the ability of a company to pay its current and long term liabilities. It’s the easiest way to know how much fund a company can raise and how much asset can convert into cash?

Liquidity ratio can be categorized into various types such as: Acid ratio, Cash ratio & current ration. 

Acid Ratio:  Acid ratio also called as quick ratio. Acid ration defines the ability of a company to meet its current and short term obligations with the use of its most liquid assets.

Calculation method:   Cash & cash equivalents + Accounts receivable + Short term investments / Current liabilities

Accounting Period



It’s the period for which financial statements prepared of an entity. One accounting period consists of 12 months. This time period can be from January to December (calendar year) or April to March (Fiscal Year).

Accounting period varies according to type of business. For example, if a business set forth on February 12 then its first accounting period would be from February 12 to February 28/ 29.

Again, if a business shut down on March 25 then its final accounting period would be from March 1 to March 25.  Accounting period pertain to only income and cash flow statements as balance sheet prepared on a specific date.




Dividend is the share of profits of a company / entity with shareholders. After paying to its creditors company can share some or whole profit with its shareholders. Company can also skip paying dividends if it needs funds for reinvestment or any other business work.  Company also can decide the date and rate for dividend pay. Normally, dividend paid quarterly and monthly.



Decentralization refers to the delegation of the decision making and other powers of higher authority to the lower units or sub units.

Decentralization allows higher authority to invest their time in other areas for expand and growth of the business.

Sometimes this became sub-units took decision which is better for them not for the business.