Financial data which is sourced from a General Ledger typically requires the reversal of the accounting sign for the majority of management and statutory reporting. For example, Income accounts are held as negative values in the Ledger however they are reported as positive.
Changing the accounting sign for management reporting is usually achieved by using an “accounting sign” element attribute (e.g. 1 or -1) for the “General Ledger Account” element. Then a “Reporting” element is added to the “Version” dimension and a rule calculates the “Reporting” version with the management reporting sign rather than the “accounting” sign.
E.g. [Reporting Version] = [General Ledger] * ATTRN(‘Account', !Account , ‘Account Sign');
While this works it would be nice feature if TM1 had a standard “Sign Format” and PAW had the functionality to apply the accounting sign or not.
The alternative is to use the Format element to achieve the same outcome. However, this approach removes the flexibility of being able to see the data with either accounting or natural sign.
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