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CHAPTER 10 TRANSLATION OF FOREIGN CURRENCY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Answers to Questions 1. The two major issues related to the translation of foreign currency financial statements are: (a) which method should be used and (b) where should the resulting translation adjustment be reported in the consolidated financial statements. The first issue relates to determining the appropriate exchange rate (historical, current, or average for the current period) for the translation of foreign currency balances. Those items translated at the current exchange rate are exposed to translation adjustment. The second issue relates to whether the translation adjustment should be treated as a gain or loss in income, or should be deferred as a separate component of stockholders’ equity. 2. Balance sheet exposure arises when a foreign currency balance is translated at the current exchange rate. By translating at the current exchange rate, the foreign currency item in essence is being revalued in U.S. dollar terms on the consolidated financial statements.
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 559 taught by Professor Keating during the Spring '07 term at DeVry Addison.

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