Write a 500-750 word paper on the following topic:

Fidelity Investments Company is a well-known mutual fund investment company. It makes investments worth billions of dollars in companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and other stock markets. Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are very important for Fidelity’s investment analysts.

What are GAAP? Why are financial statements that have been prepared in accordance with GAAP and audited by an independent CPA useful for Fidelity’s investment analysts? What organizations influence GAAP? Explain how they do so.

Your paper must be formatted according to APA 6th edition guidelines, and you need to use at least one external reference. Saveyour document as “LastnameFirstinitial-ACCT100-8”. Submit your paper by midnight Eastern Time on Day 7 (Sunday).

Turnitin.com is an excellent resource to check the content and quality of writing assignments and to avoid plagiarism. An Originality Report will be generated upon paper submission, and a report is automatically uploaded for review.  Students should review the report after the paper is submitted.

The Originality report does not actually recommend changes. It does point out where you may need to add a citation or quotation marks (if not already cited). Once you use it a few times, you will appreciate this tool, as it will assist you in improving quality and content, as well as avoid plagiarism. Your goal is to keep direct quotations to a minimum and to make sure that you do not just cut and paste material. Ensure that all your references are cited. A report with a similarity index less than 25% is acceptable for undergraduate level work.

This assignment will be evaluated based on the following Writing Assignment Grading Rubric:

Writing Assignment Grading Criteria
Content (60%)
Response demonstrates a clear understanding of the key elements of assignment questions.
Response thoroughly covers the elements in a substantive manner.
Response demonstrates critical thinking and analysis.
Content is complete and accurate.
Introduction and conclusion provide adequate information on the given topic.
Organization (20%)
Paper structure is clear and easy to follow.
Ideas flow in a logical sequence.
Introduction provides a sound introduction to the topic and previews major points.
Paragraph transitions are logical and support the flow of thought throughout the paper.
The conclusion thoroughly reviews the major points.
Writing Style, Grammar, APA Format (20%)
Sentences are well constructed, complete, clear, and concise.
Words used are specific an unambiguous.
The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.
Grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct.
APA guidelines (6th edition) are followed, such as headers, citations, references, etc.
Effective use of aids such as sections, summaries, table of contents, indices, and appendices (if appropriate).