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The Vest Pocket Guide to GAAP

ISBN: 978-0-470-76782-5
418 pages
November 2010
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Quick answers to your GAAP questions

The Vest Pocket Guide to GAAP is the handy pocket problem-solver that gives today's busy financial executives the GAAP advice they need in a quick-reference format.

Whether in public practice or private industry, professionals will always have this reliable reference tool at their fingertips because it easily goes anywhere-to a client's office, on a business trip, or to an important lunch meeting.

  • Provides succinct answers to common GAAP questions
  • Easy-to-use Q & A format offers hundreds of explanations supported by a multitude of examples, tables, charts, and ratios
  • Other titles by Bragg: Running an Effective Investor Relations Department: A Comprehensive Guide, Accounting Best Practices, Sixth Edition, and Just-in-Time Accounting, Third Edition

Convenient and comprehensive, The Vest Pocket Guide to GAAP is the handy reference you'll turn to again and again for quick answers to your GAAP questions.

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About the Author.

What This Book Will Do for You.


One Financial Statements Presentation.

Two Operating Segments.

Three Earnings per Share.

Four Interim Financial Reporting.

Five Related Party Disclosures.

Six Subsequent Events.


Seven Receivables.

Eight Investments–Debt and Equity Securities.

Nine Investments–Equity Method and Cost Method.

Ten Inventory.

Eleven Other Assets and Deferred Costs.

Twelve Property, Plant, and Equipment.

Thirteen Intangible Assets.

Fourteen Asset Retirement and Environmental Obligations.

Fifteen Contingencies.

Sixteen Debt.

Seventeen Equity.


Eighteen Revenue Recognition.

Nineteen Employee Benefits and Benefit Plans.

Twenty Stock Compensation.

Twenty-One Other Expenses.

Twenty-Two Research and Development Expenses.

Twenty-Three Income Taxes.


Twenty-Four Accounting Changes and Error Corrections.

Twenty-Five Business Combinations.

Twenty-Six Derivatives.

Twenty-Seven Fair Value.

Twenty-Eight Foreign Currency Matters.

Twenty-Nine Interest.

Thirty Leases.

Thirty-One Nonmonetary Transactions.

Thirty-Two Not-for-Profit Entities.


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STEVEN M. BRAGG, CPA, has been the chief financial officer or controller of four companies, as well as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young and auditor at Deloitte. He is the author of over forty books primarily targeted toward controllers and their needs. Bragg received a master's degree in finance from Bentley College, an MBA from Babson College, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maine.

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