WHITE KNIGHT Definition

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WHITE KNIGHT is an entity that comes to the rescue of a corporation that is being taken over.

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ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX (AMT) is an alternative tax which includes certain tax preference items that are added back into adjusted gross income. If higher than the regular tax, then the regular tax plus the amount by which AMT exceeds the regular tax is paid.

PRINCIPLES-BASED ACCOUNTING provides for few exact rules and little implementation guidance. Instead, general principles are put forward and companies must ensure that their financial statements fairly and accurately represent these principles. Proponents argue that this type of system does not allow for less than ethical financial engineering, where complex transactions are undertaken in order to get around following specific rules-based accounting standards. Critics believe a principles-based system allows too much leeway for companies, because they generally do not have to follow specific rules, only wide-arching principles. See also RULES-BASED ACCOUNTING.

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