Fifo Vs Lifo Please help!!?

Can someone please explain what the difference is between FIFO inventory method and the LIFO I'm so lost and I'm confused on the COGS calculations and the weighted average on FIFO AND LIFO

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    Definition of 'First In, First Out - FIFO'

    An asset-management and valuation method in which the assets produced or acquired first are sold, used or disposed of first. FIFO may be used by a individual or a corporation.

    Investopedia explains 'First In, First Out - FIFO'

    For taxation purposes, FIFO assumes that the assets that are remaining in inventory are matched to the assets that are most recently purchased or produced. Because of this assumption, there are a number of tax minimization strategies associated with using the FIFO asset-management and valuation method.

    Definition of 'Last In, First Out - LIFO'

    An asset-management and valuation method that assumes that assets produced or acquired last are the ones that are used, sold or disposed of first.

    Investopedia explains 'Last In, First Out - LIFO'

    LIFO assumes that an entity sells, uses or disposes of its newest inventory first. If an asset is sold for less than it is acquired for, then the difference is considered a capital loss. If an asset is sold for more than it is acquired for, the difference is considered a capital gain. Using the LIFO method to evaluate and manage inventory can be tax advantageous, but it may also increase tax liability.

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