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Answer two of the following with factual opinions:

1. How is the purpose of managerial accounting different from financial accounting?

2. Are more accountants involved in the financial or managerial function today?

3. Comment on the use of a functional versus absorption income statement. Describe the differences in presentation and use of each type of income statement.

4. How is the concept of cost of goods sold different than contribution margin?

5. Explain the contribution margin concept/computation and when to use the information.

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1. How is the purpose of managerial accounting different from financial accounting?

Managerial accounting uses financial and non-financial information to support decisions, monitor performance and control operations of the business. One of the key sources of financial information is the financial statements, but in greater detail than what is published to outside parties in the formal financial statements.

The purpose of financial accounting is to produce the generally accepted accounting principles financial statements. That is, the collect, summarize and report the ...

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It is time to explore the differences between financial and managerial accounting. Financial accounting is rule-oriented since the information is used to communicate with third parties. Managerial accounting, on the other hand is for internal use. Anything goes as long as the information is a valuable tool for decision making purposes and the benefit of the information exceeds the cost of accumulating and analyzing it.

In addition, we're moving towards understanding the basic concepts of managerial accounting.

References:
Accounting for Management. (n.d.). Difference between Financial and Managerial Accounting. Retrieved from
http://www.accountingformanagement.com/financial_accounting_vs_managerial_accounting.htm
Principlesofaccounting.com. (n.d.). Chapter 17 Multiple Choice Questions. Retrieved from http://www.principlesofaccounting.com/questions%20-%20%20multiple%20choice/chapter%2017%20-%20multiple%20choice.htm

Unknown. (n.d.). The Role of Management Accounting in the Organization. Retrieved from https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:MWZE_XMqFOUJ:www.swlearning.com/accounting/albrecht/management_2e/expanded/exp_01.doc+Financial+versus+managerial+accounting%3F&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjWheQRI7nzm3i5Zmwsd3la9aWDQDy9N3RbBWiQns9ic71gNJoRxVa75E4KWSi0GthsbXrfNpSEQ_UZvr0QenNE-Ut6XU_9v6Yda0SVULodDfzIGRSb8Pf30b9I3qN0lWmUoXzZ&sig=AHIEtbRDmHJSiuRsS9v6FrbERAz9cqTPEw

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Below are some questions for discussion.
How is the purpose of managerial accounting different from financial accounting?
Are more accountants involved in the financial or managerial function today?
Comment on the use of a functional versus absorption income statement. Describe the differences in presentation and use of each type of income statement.
How is the concept of cost of goods sold different than contribution margin?
Explain the contribution margin concept/computation and when to use the information.

Choose one or two relevant aspects for further investigation and share your knowledge with the class. Try to add information not previously discussed by others. Please, provide factual information (not merely opinions) backed up by details or examples. Your comments should be in your own words and Include references in APA format.

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