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ArchivedEffective: 1 January, 2006 - 31 December, 2019Categories: Firm AssetsSource: Guidance Statement on Definition of the Firm
According to this Guidance Statement, “Assets to which the Standards cannot be applied are not to be considered by firms when claiming compliance and are not to be included in total firm assets. Such assets include investment vehicles that are based on cost or book values rather market values.” Does this mean that cash substitutes, such as CDs and money market funds held in portfolios, are not to be considered by firms when claiming compliance and are not to be included in total firm assets?
Money market funds, CDs and other cash substitutes ARE to be considered by firms when claiming compliance and are to be included in total firm assets. A market value for these assets can be determined.