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6 May, 2015 - 17:10

Accounting information is usually divided into two types: 1) financial and 2) managerial. Financial information (i.e. balance sheet and income statement) is prepared periodically, and is primarily intended for outsiders of the firm. Financial information is also useful to management in directing the current operations of a business and planning. Managerial accounting provides additional both historical and estimated data, which is intend specifically for management to run current operations and to plan for the future. The information generated is far more extensive than in financial accounting, and the reports are based on management's needs.