Cash and cash equivalents


Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents are the most liquid assets found within the asset portion of a company's balance sheet. Cash equivalents are assets that are readily convertible into cash, such as money market holdings, short-term government bonds or Treasury bills, marketable securities and commercial paper. Cash equivalents are distinguished from other investments through their short-term existence; they mature within 3 months whereas short-term investments are 12 months or less, and long-term investments are any investments that mature in excess of 12 months. Another important condition a cash equivalent needs to satisfy is that the investment should have insignificant risk of change in value.Example a investment in shares cannot be considered into cash equivalent, but a preference shares acquired shorty before their specified redemption date can be.

Payments

"Cash and cash equivalents", when used in the context of payments and payments transactions refer to currency, coins, money orders, paper checks, and stored value products such as gift certificates and gift cards.

If in adjustment of cash flow it is written that investment is short term you should not consider that investment as a part of cash and cash equivalent,


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