Retirement Planning

Why should accountants have an understanding of compound interest annuities and present value concepts?


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Accountants must have a working knowledge of compound interest, annuities, and present value concepts because of their application to numerous types of business events and transactions which require proper valuation and presentation. These concepts are applied in the following areas: (1) sinking funds, (2) installment contracts, (3) pensions, (4) long-term assets, (5) leases, (6) notes receivable and payable, (7) business combinations, and (8) amortization of premiums and discounts.