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Accounting vs Auditing Auditing and accounting are two closely related concepts which stem from the same subject background of financial reporting, where one function cannot perform effectively without the other in place. The difference between the two is necessary to understand because the combination of these... 
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Variable vs Fixed Costs The aim of any private firm is to make a profit. In order to maximize profitability, the firm must aim to raise revenues and minimize costs. In order to reduce these costs, a firm must be able to identify and measure costs included in the factors of production such as wages, rent, electricity,... 
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Debt vs Equity | Equity vs Debt Debt and equity are both forms of obtaining finance for corporate activities and day to day running of businesses. Debt and equity are distinguished from each other based on their specific financial characteristics as well as the different sources from which either is obtained. It... 
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Ordinary Shares vs Preference Shares A share denotes a claim on a corporation’s ownership or interest in a financial asset. Shares are commonly divided into two types, known as ordinary shares and preference shares. Ordinary shares and Preference shares are distinguished from each other based on the benefits,... 
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Credit Rating vs Credit Score All large and established companies are carrying out their businesses mostly on credit basis. What does it means is, when certain customer buys from a particular company that the company may allow some period for those customers to pay off the balance. The period allowed is known... 
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Current Balance vs Available Balance Have you been confused by the statement slip coming out of the ATM machine that mentions both current balance and available balance in your bank account? Often it so happens that you go to your bank presenting a withdrawal slip thinking that you have the money in your account,... 
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Double Entry vs Single Entry An accounting system can be defined as an organized set of manual, accounting methods, procedures, and controls established to gather, record, classify, summarize, interpret, present timely and accurately for decision making. Book keeping is a process in which the financial records of... 
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Journal vs Ledger Journal and ledger are two main words that often one come across either when studying the concepts of financial accounting or preparing financial statements. In the double entry system of accounting, ledgers and journals are playing a vital and important role. Before the preparation of final accounts,... 
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Debit vs Credit Debit and credit are two concepts that are an integral part of any accounting system and also have great significance in lives of individuals in the form of debit and credit cards. Even a layman knows his account has been credited when he deposits money or a check drawn in his favor, and his account... 
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Liability vs Indemnity Though, liability is a word that is used both in terms of individual as well as company level to describe what is owed to others, it is also used prominently in the insurance field. Here, it is used to describe the amount of money a person owes to another person or party for any damages caused... 
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Net Profit vs Gross Profit Those who are into business know very well that there are glaring differences between gross and net profits and keep their profit margin at levels that they end up with some profit after taking into account all expenses. This is an important dichotomy for those who have never done business... 
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Liability vs Provision Liability and provision are accounting terms that are spread all over financial statements on the obligation side of the statement. While liability and provision are differentiated on some accounts in some countries, accountants in some other countries treat them as same and make no differentiation.... 
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Liability vs Debt Liability and debt are related concepts that are important to understand. At a personal level, an individual may take a loan from a bank to construct a home for his family or to buy a car. He repays this money in installments, and this loan is considered a debt of the person. He also has liabilities... 
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Liability vs Asset Ask anyone in your circle about the assets he has, and invariably the answers would include home and car. But, is your car and asset for you? Or for that matter, your home, which you have bought after taking a loan from a bank? Most people remains confused and cannot answer this question. Understanding... 
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Par Value vs Face Value Face value and par value are investment terms that are related to bonds and stocks; initial offerings are made available at par value of the face value to make them look attractive after listing, and the stocks mostly open at a rate higher than the face value bringing profits for the investor.... 
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Absorption Costing vs Marginal Costing The system of computing the cost of production is known as costing. The main purpose of any costing system is to identify the cost incurred for the production of a unit output. In a manufacturing company, identifying the cost associated with a unit product is very important... 
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