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Foreign Currency Financial Reporting from Euro to Yen to Yuan: A Guide to Fundamental Concepts and Practical Applications

Foreign Currency Financial Reporting from Euro to Yen to Yuan: A Guide to Fundamental Concepts and Practical Applications

Robert Rowan

ISBN: 978-1-118-05668-4

Mar 2011

320 pages



The first A-to-Z guide for successfully working in foreign currency environments

Destined to become an essential desktop tool helping professionals build a solid foundation in the background, history, and fundamental mechanics of foreign currency and exchange rates, this must-have guide allows you to report past transactions accurately and also to forecast the impacts that volatile exchange rates could have on your business. Packed with everything you need to know about exchange rate requirements, including world currency formats and key links to additional resources, this is the single source you'll want to have at your side to understand and successfully use foreign currency reporting concepts.

  • Get from Yen to Euro without losing your way
  • Clarifies an intimidating topic into practical application
  • Helps you function effectively in the multicurrency reporting environment
  • Addresses common points of confusion
  • Demystifies IFRS

Your company could swing from profit to loss without a single change in operations, simply by movement of exchange rates. Get ready with the on-the-spot foreign currency answers you need in Foreign Currency Financial Reporting from Euro to Yen to Yuan. It's the easy-to-use, definitive source you can turn to for a clear, concise, practical understanding of multicurrency environments.



Introduction to Foreign Currency and Exchange Rates.

Who You Are.

What You Know.

A Changing Environment.

Certainty in Uncertain Times.


Part I: The Basics.

Chapter 1: Isn't Currency Conversion Just Multiplication?


The First Complication: It's Not Just Multiplication.

From Where Do Exchange Rates Come?

The Market.

A Second Complication: Triangulation.

Triangulation with Cross Rates.


Currencies and Exchange Rates: Highlights of Their Relevance and Recent History.

Burgers and Currency.


Chapter 2: Exchange Rate Tables: Getting from Yen to Euros without Losing Your Way.

The Foundation and Caveats.

Terms and Terminology.

Triangulation and Cross Rates – Redux.

Exchange Rate Tables.

Keep It Simple.


Chapter 3: Approximation:  When Mathematics, Computer Science, and Regulations Converge.

The Original Data: Accurate and Precise.

Significant Digits and Scientific Notation.



What Division Means for Computers.

Precision with Floating Point Data. 

Accuracy, Precision, and Credibility.


Part II: Key Concepts and Authoritative Standards.

Chapter 4: What's in a Name?


A Brief Background.

IFRS Predominance with an FASB Pedigree.

The Economic Essence: From Names to Definitions.

Functional Currency.

All the Rest.

A Foundation.


Chapter 5: The Gold Standard:  Following the Standard for Fiat Currencies.

The Gold Standard for Financial Reporting.

IAS21 and ASC 830: Converged, But Not Identical.

Translation Overview.

Translation – Not Conversion.

Translation of Income and Expense.


Simple Translation.

Translation 1: Basic.

Translation 2: Intermediate.

Convenience Translation.

The Standard.


Chapter 6: They're Not Synonyms:  Transaction to Translation, Revaluation to Remeasurement.

Transactions and Translation.

Transactions in a Foreign Currency.

Reporting at Balance Sheet Dates.


Best of Intentions: Companies' Divergent Paths.

Changing Functional Currency.

Knowledge Worth Having.


Part III: Practical Applications (and More Concepts).

Chapter 7: The Intersection:  Interplay of Mathematics, Exchange Rates, Accounting Standards, Economics, and Time.

Time Concepts: PA, PIT, and POT.

The Missing Piece.

Equity and Complex Rates.


Cash Flow Affected by Exchange Rates.

Negative Exchange Rates.

Intercompany Transactions.


Make the Transformation.


Chapter 8: Practical Knowledge:  Things You Should Know.

Exchange Rate Impact: Basic Information.

Analyzing the Exchange Rate Impact.

Constant Currency: A Second Fix.

Improving Constant Currency.

Analysis and Automation.

Multiple Exchange Rate Scenarios.

Constant Year: A Third Fix.

Looking Forward: Beyond the Constants.

Practical Examples or Cautionary Tales.

Financial Reporting and Management Reporting.


Chapter 9: Practical Knowledge: Things You Can Learn.

A Problem at the Source.

Change It – Use It – Analyze It.

Year-to-Date Translation.

Crossing Zero: A Change in Sign.

The School of Experience.


Chapter 10: Cumulative Translation Adjustment:  The Algebraic Plug.

Baggage from the Past: Accumulating the Translation Adjustment.

Recalculating CTA.

Translation Adjustment and Intra-Group Monetary Transactions.

Cumulative Translation Adjustment is not Remeasurement.

A Little Fun with CTA.

Problem Solved.


Chapter 11: The Residual.


Devaluations and Revaluations.

Hyperinflationary Economies.

Euro Adoption.

Non-monetary Assets (Inventory) Measured in a Foreign Currency.

Disposal of a Foreign Operation.

A Simple Forward Contract: Hedging.

Heuristic Approach.


Conclusion: Re-invent the Triangle:  Innovate and Advocate.

The Benefit.


Appendix A: World Currency Formats and ISO 4217 Information.

Appendix B: Useful Links, and Why They’re Useful.

Appendix C: Exchange Rate Requirements.

Definition of Actual Rates.

Definition of Constant Currency Rates.

Definition of Forecast Rates.

Definition of Views.

Definition of High (USH) and Low (USL) Rates.

Definition of Rates in the Tables.


About the Author.