Debt and Equity Investments, Discussion Board Question help

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“Debt and Equity Investments” Please respond to the following:

  • According to the text, currently, there are a variety of authorities accounting pronouncement dealing with debt and equity. From the e-Activity, summarize the current accounting treatment for investments in debt and equity securities. Identity three (3) issues with implementation that the Emergency Issues Task Force (EITF) has addressed. Recommend a way in which one could overcome these implementation issues.
  • Imagine that you are an investment analyst for your organization and are responsible for the company’s investment portfolio. However, the president of the company is not familiar with the various classifications of investments. Your organization has tasked you with presenting a report to the president that compares and contrasts trading securities and available for sale for securities, and the impact the securities have on the financial statements. Also, include in your report a brief explanation of the accounting treatment for unrealized gains and losses and stress to management the importance of maintaining a portfolio of current and non-current securities.
 
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