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Peer effects may influence early disclosures for businesses

Edging a competitor out of the spotlight is one reason why companies tend to make announcements, such as earnings reports, earlier than they are legally required, according to a Penn State researcher. The push to report information ...

One-time tax items aren't earnings misconduct

When investors try to forecast a company's future earnings by analyzing its current financial statements, a perplexing problem is how to interpret nonrecurring income taxes.

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Income, refers to the consumption and savings opportunity gained by an entity within a specified time frame, which is generally expressed in monetary terms. However, for households and individuals, "income is the sum of all the wages, salaries, profits, interests payments, rents and other forms of earnings received... in a given period of time." For firms, income generally refers to net-profit: what remains of revenue after expenses have been subtracted. In the field of public economics, it may refer to the accumulation of both monetary and non-monetary consumption ability, the former being used as a proxy for total income.

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