ADJUSTING ENTRIES Definition

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ADJUSTING ENTRIES are special accounting entries that must be made when you close the books at the end of an accounting period. Adjusting entries are necessary to update your accounts for items that are not recorded in your daily transactions.

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COST-TO-COST METHOD, in construction contracts, is an estimate of completion in which the state of completion is the ratio of costs incurred as of a given date divided by the estimated total project cost. See also PERCENTAGE OF COMPLETION METHOD OF ACCOUNTING.

AVERAGE LIFE, in securities, is the weighted average retirement date of a bond issue or preferred stock; the average amount of time each dollar of principal amount will be outstanding.

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