Finance: What is GAAP?

GAAP is an acronym for Generally Accepted Accounting Practices. In order to remove as much subjectivity as possible, accounting policy bodies, such as the Federal Accounting Standard Board (FASB) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), have created guidelines for general standards, procedures, and principles that are intended to objectively quantify the data so that there is accounting transparency. This is especially important for public companies and government agencies.

College and CareerPersonal Finance
CoursesFinance Concepts
FinanceFinance Definitions
Financial Responsibility
Personal Finance
Finance and EconomicsTerms and Concepts
LanguageEnglish Language
Life SkillsFinance Definitions
Personal Finance
SubjectsFinance and Economics
Terms and ConceptsAccounting
Banking
Careers
Company Management
Company Valuation
Credit
Econ
Education
Ethics/Morals
Financial Theory
Investing
Metrics
Tax
Trusts and Estates

Transcript

00:24

that clever bean counters could define and or account for

00:28

the notion of profits lots of ways to recognize revenues

00:32

versus sales and lots of ways to think about how

00:34

much that ten commandment frisbee factory is appreciating in value

00:39

each year Well the world according to gaff outlines the

00:42

structure under which accountants must you know count beans the

00:45

basic idea Well sort of in the vein of the

00:47

golden rule that is do unto others as you'd have

00:50

them do unto you Gap requires that accountants always present

00:54

their numbers in the most reasonably conservative manner possible such

00:58

that they never overstate how profitable or how well the

01:02

company is doing Gap is the framework the map the

01:05

religion and the destinations we want to go inside this

01:09

neck of the accounting woods are three income statement cash

01:12

flow statement balance sheet will none of these three key

01:15

elements mean anything however unless they all follow the same

01:20

rules they're linked like gears in an overpriced swiss watch

01:25

and the eighteen zillion individual rules on their own mean

01:28

nothing like what is revenue Is it a dollar you

01:31

collect in cash at a video game arcade booth Is

01:34

it the promise to pay that dollar in a year

01:37

Well there are lots of ways to account for this

01:39

notion of revenue so don't think of gaff isa siri's

01:42

of rules rather think of it as this you know

01:45

key mathey kind of finance e a county religion it's

01:49

all about quote doing right unquote and part of that

01:52

issue is a natural conservatism that has to come with

01:56

it kind of amish you'd think would be a good

01:59

gap Accountants Well if you're thinking about how to account

02:02

for five dollars promised to you in a year well

02:04

you have to recognize that there is risk you won't

02:07

collect it and that money a year from now is

02:09

worth less than its face value and well that you

02:12

should categorise those revenues way off in the distance differently

02:17

from how you'd categorize collecting the five dollar bill in

02:19

cash that day and putting it in your cigar box

02:22

there right So gap is basically the force in accounting 00:02:26.44 --> [endTime] May it be with you