US GAAP Interim Financial Statements

The following is based on an extract from the online course US GAAP Fund Financial Statements Part 2. Interim financial statements are not required under US GAAP. But, a fund may be required to prepare and file interim financial statements with a regulator or stock exchange. This is usually for the first six months of the fund’s accounting year. If the funds interim financial statements are prepared under US GAAP they must comply with all relevant US GAAP requirements, including any requirements specifically for interim financial statements.

It should also be clearly stated whether the interim financial statements are audited or unaudited.

It is permitted that interim financial statements are produced in a summarised or condensed format, that is, they do not have to show all of the information and disclosures that are included in a full annual set of financial statements. Condensed information must be clearly identified as such. A full set of financial statements can be prepared for an interim period, if this is preferred.

Summarised financial statements: minimum disclosures

If summarised interim financial statements are prepared, certain minimum information must be included:

Disclosures regarding contingent items, fair value, derivatives and debt and equity securities are discussed elsewhere in the online course US GAAP Fund Financial Statements.

Summarised financial statements: encouraged disclosures

If summarised interim financial statements are prepared, inclusion of the following is also encouraged:

Changes in accounting policies

Changes in accounting policy in an interim period from any of the following must be disclosed: changes since

For example: The financial statements of Allegro Fund Ltd for the six months ended 30th June 2017 must disclose changes in the funds accounting policies since:

Changes in accounting estimates

The effect of any changes in accounting estimates during the period on the interim financial statements should be separately disclosed.

Income

Income should be recognised and reflected in the statement of operations on the same basis as is used for the annual financial statements.  For example: recognising dividends on their ex-date

Expenses

Expenses are recognised and reflected in the statement of operations, so as to reflect an appropriate allocation of the expense to the interim period. The calculation of an expense charge will depend on the type of expense:

Expenses should not be allocated to an interim period on an arbitrary basis, and the allocation method used should be consistent with that used for the annual financial statements.

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Quick Questions

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