Contents
List of Illustrations
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Preface
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SECTION II  INTRODUCTION AND CONTROL
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CHAPTER 1. THE TARGET, INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
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1.2 The Wider Purpose
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1.3 Overview
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1.4 Early Financial Memories
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1.5 Arrival of the PC
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1.6 Microsoft Money and Excel
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1.7 My Solution and Domestic Well-Being
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1.8 Approach
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CHAPTER 2. CONTROL, MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATION
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2.1 Introduction
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2.2 Central Heating, Climate and Traffic
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2.3 The Elements of Control
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2.4 Degree, Humidity and Flow Goals & Sub-goals
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2.5 The Control Environment
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2.6 The Control Model
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SECTION II   DOMESTIC FINANCES
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CHAPTER 3. FINANCES - THE ENVIRONMENT
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3.1 Introduction
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3.2 Finances in General
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3.3 Potential for Control
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3.4 Financial Entity Goals
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3.5 Financial Scope
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3.6 Financial Sensors
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3.7 Targets for Financial Control
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3.8 Models and Accounts
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3.9 Double Entry Accounting
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CHAPTER 4. FINANCES THE COMPONENTS
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4.1 Introduction
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4.2 Assets, Liabilities and Worth
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4.3 Owners and Managers
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4.4 Purpose and Motivation
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4.5 Financial Change and its Effects
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4.6 Trade, Stock, Time and Cash
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CHAPTER 5. FINANCES THE TOOLS
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5.1 Introduction
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5.2 Accounts and Transactions
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5.3 Tee Time
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5.4 Double Entry Implications
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5.5 The Trial Balance
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5.6 Accounting Equations
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5.7 Accounting for Change and Financial Results
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5.8 The Paper Trail
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5.8 Bookkeeping and Accounting
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5.9 Decision Making
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5.10 Automation
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5.11 Formal Results
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5.12 Trading and Profit & Loss Accounts
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5.13 The Balance Sheet Assets & Liabilities
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5.14 Liquidity The Cash Flow Statement
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CHAPTER 6. DOMESTIC WELL-BEING
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6.1 Introduction
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6.2 The Domestic Economy
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6.3 Domestic Responsibility
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6.4 Growing Income and Expenditure
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6.5 Domestic Assets
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6.6 The Pace and Stress of Life
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6.7 Financial Stages of Life
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6.8 Finance and Pleasure
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6.9 Isolate the Business
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6.10 Domestic Well-Being The Bottom Line
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CHAPTER 7. DOMESTIC FINANCES
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7.1 Introduction
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7.2 Financial Factors
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7.3 Receipts and Expenditure
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7.4 Receipts and Income
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7.5 Expenditure and Expenses
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7.6 Domestic Accounts and Transactions
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7.7 Profit, Loss and Total Domestic Change
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7.8 Accuracy and Cash
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7.9 Terminology
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CHAPTER 8. THE DOMESTIC ACCOUNTING MODEL
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8.1 Introduction
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8.2 The 3-way Split Basic, Discretionary and Other
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8.3 Categorisation and Tagging
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8.4 The Trial Balance
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8.5 The Domestic Well-Being Statement
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8.6 The Consolidation and Summary Sheet
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8.7 The Domestic Balance Sheet
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8.8 The Domestic Cash Flow Statement
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8.9 Domestic Financial Factors
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8.10 Optional Graphics
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8.11 Domestic Financial Analysis
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8.12 A Good Compromise
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CHAPTER 9. THE AVAILABLE TOOLS
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9.1 Introduction
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9.2 Personal Finance Packages
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9.3 Spreadsheets
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9.4 Microsoft Money and Excel
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SECTION III   DOMESTIC ACCOUNTING
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CHAPTER 10.
THE SOLUTION I DOMESTIC BOOKKEEPING
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10.1 Introduction
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10.2 Preparation
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10.3 Setting up the Accounts
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10.4 The Categories
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10.5 The Payees
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10.6 Posting the Transactions
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10.7 Downloading
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CHAPTER 11.
THE SOLUTION II DOMESTIC ACCOUNTING
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11.1 Introduction
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11.2 Reports
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11.3 Complete the Double Entries
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11.4 Total Domestic Change
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11.5 The Trial Balance
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11.6 The Optional, Consolidation Summary
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11.7 The Domestic Well-Being Statement
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11.8 The Domestic Balance Sheet
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11.9 The Domestic Cash Flow Statement
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11.10 Summary Information
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11.11 Domestic Financial Factors
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11.12 The New Domestic Wealth
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11.13 Optional Graphical Displays
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CHAPTER 12.
START-UP AND GAINING CONTROL
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12.1 Introduction
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12.2 A Financial Year
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12.3 Intermediate Results
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12.4 Study the Financial Results
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12.5 Look for Early Warnings
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12.6 Look for Suspicious Changes
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12.7 Consider Targets and Changes
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12.8 Plan the Final and Intermediate Results
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12.9 Monitor Progress
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12.10 You Have Control
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CHAPTER 13.
CONTROL POSSIBILITIES
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13.1 Introduction
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13.2 Factor Analysis
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13.3 Historical Records and Analysis
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13.4 Projections
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13.5 Planning
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13.6 Budgets
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13.7 Budget Monitoring and Reallocation
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13.8 Debt Management
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SECTION IV   CONCLUDING ISSUES
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CHAPTER 14.
DOMESTIC GRID-LOCK
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14.1 Introduction
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14.2 The Analogy
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14.3 Road Networks and Virtual Domestic Accounts
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14.4 Road Users and Domestic Transactions
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14.5 The Traffic Engineer's Dream
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14.6 The Road User's Dream
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14.7 The Domestic Householder's Dream
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14.8 Comparing the Domains
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14.9 Control Zones and Weekend Driving
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CHAPTER 15.
THE WAY-AHEAD
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15.1 Introduction
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15.2 Evaluating Alternatives
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15.3 Comparing Domestic Well-Being
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15.4 Simulation and Calibration
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15.5 Informative Graphs
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15.6 Domestic Accounting as a Discipline
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15.7 Awareness and Education
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15.8 New Focus for Domestic Accounting
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15.9 Product Improvements A Wish List
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15.10 Final Comments
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ANNEXES
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ANNEX A.
DEBT, CREDIT AND DOUBLE ENTRY
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ANNEX B.
ALGEBRA AND ACCOUNTING EQUATIONS
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B.1 Introduction
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B.2 Equations
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B.3 Accounting Equations
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ANNEX C.
DOMESTIC WELL-BEING CATEGORIES
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C.1 The Basic Category
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C.2 The Discretionary Category
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C.3 The Others Category
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C.4 Total Domestic Change (TDC)
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ANNEX D.
CATEGORISATION TAGGING
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D.1 Categorisation an Introduction
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ANNEX E.
SETTING UP THE DOMESTIC ACCOUNTS
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ANNEX F.
THE DOMESTIC ACCOUNTING CATEGORY TAGS
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ANNEX G.
POSTING THE TRANSACTIONS
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G.1 Introduction
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G.2 No Contribution to Domestic Change
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G.3 Contributions to Domestic Change
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G.4 Transfer Transactions
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G.5 End-of-Period Transactions
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G.6 Recurring Transactions and Bills
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G.7 On-Line Bookkeeping
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G.8 Sale and Purchase of a House
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G.9 Currency Transfers
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G.10 Summary
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ANNEX H.
REPORTS
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H.1 Microsoft Money Reports
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H.2 Categorised Increases and Decreases
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H.3 Trial Balance Report
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H.4 Excel Reports
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H.5 Consolidated Summaries
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H.6 Domestic Well-Being Statement
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H.7 Preparing a Chart in Excel
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ANNEX I.
BUDGETS
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ANNEX J.
CONSOLIDATION SUMMARY SPREADSHEETS
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