Objectives: Chapter Six
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The composition of cash and how cash is presented on the balance sheet.
Know which items are properly classified as cash, and which are not.
Understand the concepts of compensating balances and cash equivalents.
Cash management and controls for receipts and disbursements.
Why is cash management important?
What tools can be used to facilitate cash management.
Describe external and internal strategies that might be used employed to enhance cash flow.
What are features of a typical cash control system?
Be able to recite at least three typical control features related to both cash receipts and cash disbursements.
Reconciliation of bank accounts.
Why are bank reconciliations necessary?
What items are likely to be included on the company records, but not the bank records?
Be able to create and solve a complex problem requiring a bank reconciliation.
Which items on a bank reconciliation require an adjusting journal entry, and why?
What is a proof of cash?
The correct operation of a petty cash system.
What is the benefit of a petty cash system?
Be able to explain the operation of a petty cash system.
Be able to explain the enhancement to internal control that results from a petty cash system.
Know how to prepare entries to establish and reimburse a petty cash fund.
Understand the importance of measuring cash short and over.
Accounting for highly-liquid investments known as "trading securities."
Name several examples of trading securities, how they are initially recorded, and their position on the balance sheet.
Know the application of the fair value method as it relates to trading securities, and the rationale for its use.
Prepare journal entries for investments in trading securities, including cases involving increases and decreases in value.
Grasp the financial statement impact of changes in value of trading securities.
Know how to record dividends received.
Understand the meaning of the word "derivatives," and know that they are valued at fair value.