Free Stuff! Freaking accountant’s “before & after” contest!

Infographics make information a whole lot easier to understand.  But why don’t accountants use infographics?

In this contest, I challenge you to use accounting information to prepare an original infographic.  Send to me, via e-mail (mark.holtzman@shu.edu):

  • your “before” (whatever data you are using ),
  • your “after” (the graphic),
  • a little information about how you prepared your graph (Excel, PowerPoint, Charmin)

Freaking Accountant will post all “before & after” submissions so that readers can “like” their favorites.  Whoever submits the graphic that gets the most “likes” by May 31, 2012 will receive a free Texas Instruments BA II Plus Financial Calculator, compliments of Kaplan CPA Review.

This example illustrates Apple’s stratospheric growth:

Before:

After:

Look at the cash trend: most of Apple’s assets are cash (the blue line), and its cash is more than three times its net income!

Source: Apple’s 2001, 2006 and 2011 Annual Reports.

I’m not sure I covered everything here – I never did a contest before.  So if you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below, or e-mail me at mark.holtzman@shu.edu.

Good luck!

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About Mark P. Holtzman

Chair of Accounting Department at Seton Hall University. PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Worked at Deloitte's New York Office. BSBA from Hofstra University.

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