A former chairman of the SEC refers to hidden reserves on the balance sheet as cookie-jar reserves.

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A former chairman of the SEC refers to hidden reserves on the balance sheet as “cookie-jar” reserves. These reserves are built up in periods when earnings are strong and drawn down to bolster earnings in periods when earnings are weak.

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Reserves for (1) bad debts and (2) inventory, along with the (3) large accruals associated with restructuring charges, are transactions that sometimes yield hidden reserves.
a. For each of these transactions, explain when and how a hidden reserve is created.
b. For each of these transactions, explain when and how a hidden reserve is drawn down to boost earnings.

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Balance sheet is a statement of the financial position of a business that list all the assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity and shareholder’s equity at a particular point of time. A balance sheet is also called as a “statement of financial...
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Financial Statement Analysis

ISBN: 978-0078110962

11th edition

Authors: K. R. Subramanyam, John Wild

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