Ask Joey ™ a Question

How is an unrealized loss on an available-for-sale (AFS) security recorded in the financial statements?

For investments that are classified as available-for-sale (AFS), any unrealized gains or losses are recorded to other comprehensive income (OCI). When the company has an unrealized loss, the debit would be to other comprehensive income (reduces equity) and the credit is to the investment account on the asset section of the balance sheet. There is no income statement impact in this journal entry.

The credit to the investment account will reduce the carrying amount of the investment on the balance sheet. This reduction is sometimes referred to as a valuation allowance on the investment.


You might also be interested in...

  • How are changes in fair value for equity securities recorded on the income statement?

    Treatment varies depending on whether its classified as “trading” or “available-for-sale”. Additionally, you must determine whether the decline in fair value is temporary or other than temporary (i.e. permanent). Remember, to determine whether or not significant influence exists. For trading securities, unrealized and realized losses are recorded in the income statement. For available-for-sale securities, assuming […]

  • What is an available-for-sale equity security?

    Assuming that the company owns less than 20% of outstanding shares and does not have significant influence, then a company can use the fair value option to value an investment. The equity investment can be classified as trading or available-for-sale. “Available-for-sale” (“AFS”) generally means that the company plans to hold the equity security for a […]

  • What is the journal entry to reclass an unrealized loss from OCI to the income statement?

    If a company has an unrealized loss on an AFS security that is considered temporary, then the unrealized loss would be recorded to OCI. However, if the unrealized loss seems like it will be permanent (other than temporary), then the unrealized loss should be removed from OCI and recognized to the income statement. The journal […]