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This Guide has been written with the assumption that readers are proficient in accounting and auditing in general but not necessarily familiar with the investment company industry. Accordingly, the Guide includes extensive investment company industry background and explanatory material. Chapter 1 provides background information and terminology that is intended to help the reader better understand the industry. Chapters 2 through 4 and chapter 8 focus on the major financial statement components that have unique accounting and auditing requirements for investment companies. Chapter 5 focuses on unique accounting, operational, and auditing aspects of complex capital structures of investment companies, including multiple-class funds, master-feeder funds, and funds of funds. Illustrative financial statements are presented for multiple-class funds, master funds, and feeder funds. Chapter 6 focuses on two distinct aspects of taxes for investment companies: financial statements and other matters, and taxation of regulated investment companies. Chapter 7 focuses on financial statement presentation and disclosure requirements of investment companies. Additional disclosures required by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for registered investment companies and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) disclosure requirements are identified. Illustrative financial statements of a typical open-end management investment company are presented. Chapter 9 provides background information and unique matters related to unit investment trusts. This chapter also contains illustrative financial statements for these entities. Chapter 10 provides background, product design, operational, and regulatory information related to separate accounts of life insurance companies. This chapter also describes auditing considerations and contains illustrative financial statements for these entities. Chapter 11 discusses reports on audited financial statements of investment companies, reports on internal control required by the SEC, reports on processing of transactions by transfer agents, reports on examinations of investment performance statistics, and other reports unique to the investment company industry. Numerous report examples are included in this chapter. Chapter 1 2 provides the basis for conclusions for significant new accounting standards.

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Mutual funds -- Auditing -- Standards -- United States; Financial statements -- Standards -- United States; Disclosure in accounting; Capital gains tax -- Auditing -- Standards -- United States; Dividends -- Auditing -- Standards -- United States


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Originally published by: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Copyright and permission to reprint held by: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Proposed audit and accounting guide : Audits of investment companies;Audits of investment companies; Exposure draft (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), 1998, Sept. 22



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