Financial Accounting: An International Introduction

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"I find this book highly readable and a very useful introduction to financial accounting, in particular the regulatory framework influencing accounting in an international context" Fredrik Ljungdahl, Senior Lecturer, Jönköping University

'Financial Accounting' is the ideal choice for all those looking for an introductory text in financial accounting, particularly those with little or no previous knowledge of the subject. With a clear writing style, this accessible book is unique in teaching financial accounting from a non-country specific

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Overview

"I find this book highly readable and a very useful introduction to financial accounting, in particular the regulatory framework influencing accounting in an international context" Fredrik Ljungdahl, Senior Lecturer, Jönköping University

'Financial Accounting' is the ideal choice for all those looking for an introductory text in financial accounting, particularly those with little or no previous knowledge of the subject. With a clear writing style, this accessible book is unique in teaching financial accounting from a non-country specific perspective, using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as its framework to explain key concepts and practice. Building on the success of the second edition this truly international book continues to draw contemporary examples from Europe, the US and beyond, and has been fully updated to incorporate the extensive accounting changes of the past three years.

Key features

  • Expanded and amended coverage of group accounting and of financial analysis.
  • Real-life examples are included from a wide range of countries.
  • Activities and 'Why it Matters' boxes integrated throughout each chapter to challenge students and stimulate further interest.
  • New book-keeping appendix provides step-by-step coverage of the key techniques
  • Extensive exercises at the close of each chapter.
  • Includes a glossary of terms used in IFRS (and UK and US) accounting.

Ideal for undergraduate and MBA students worldwide, taking a first course in financial accounting.

David Alexander is Professor of Accounting at the University of Birmingham Business School, England.

Christopher Nobes is PricewaterhouseCooper's Professor of Accounting at the University of Reading, England. From 1993 to 2001 he was a representative on the board of the International Accounting Standards Committee.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780273709268
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

David Alexander is Professor of Accounting at the University of Birmingham Business School, England.

Christopher Nobes is PricewaterhouseCooper's Professor of Accounting at the University of Reading, England. From 1993 to 2001 he was a representative on the board of the International Accounting Standards Committee.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The context of accounting 1

1 Introduction 3

2 Some fundamentals 13

3 Frameworks and concepts 34

4 The regulation of accounting 47

5 International differences and harmonization 61

6 The contents of financial statements 93

7 Financial statement analysis 117

Pt. 2 Financial reporting issues 145

8 Recognition and measurement of the elements of financial statements 147

9 Tangible and intangible fixed assets 164

10 Inventories 195

11 Financial assets, liabilities and equity 216

12 Accounting and taxation 237

13 Cash flow statements 252

14 Group accounting 267

15 Foreign currency translation 292

16 Accounting for price changes 302

Pt. 3 Analysis 329

17 Financial appraisal 331

18 International analysis 356

App. A Double-entry bookkeeping 377

App. B An outline of the content of International Financial Reporting Standards 422

App. C An outline of the content of the EU's Fourth Directive on Company Law (as amended in 2001, 2003, etc.) 433

App. D Feedback on exercises 435

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