Current rate method

Current rate method

The translation of all foreign currency balance sheet and income statement items at the current exchange rate.

Current Rate Method

On a balance sheet, a way to recognize all expenses and revenues made in a foreign currency by translating them according to their spot exchange rate. The current rate method, while technically correct, makes financial statements more difficult to compile and evaluate because of the fluctuations in exchange rates that inevitably occur. See also: Constant currencies, Foreign currency translation.
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While it requires different translation methods in various circumstances, financial statements of most typical parent-foreign subsidiary arrangements are translated using the current rate method.
The Canadian dollar is the functional currency of the Company's Canadian operations, which are translated to United States dollars using the current rate method.
The British Pound is the functional currency of the Company's UK operations, which are translated to United States dollars using the current rate method.
Accordingly, effective June 1, 2002, the Corporation applied the current rate method to account for the translation of the accounts of Fernau.
Where the current rate method is used, the unrealized translation gains and losses on the Company's net investment in these operations, including long-term intercompany advances, are accumulated in a separate component of shareholders' equity, described in the consolidated balance sheet as cumulative translation adjustment.

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