pros and cons of the U.S

“Post-Employment Benefits” Please respond to the following:
• Discuss the pros and cons of the U.S. Federal Government guaranteeing the pension funds of a private company when it declares bankruptcy. Discuss whether the U.S. Federal Government should guarantee and state your rationale.
• Evaluate whether or not a company moving away from a defined benefit plan is a good decision.
• Discuss how an employer can use participation in a defined contribution plan as a competitive advantage.
“The Boeing Company” Please respond to the following:
• Discuss whether you agree or disagree with the “smoothing” treatment related to pension gains and losses, and state your rationale.
• Discuss what valuation method you believe companies should use to value pension assets – Market-Rated Value or Fair Value. State at least three reasons for your position.
“Municipal Securities”
Go to the GASB Website to read the article titled “Role of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board in the Municipal Securities Markets and Its Past Funding” dated January18, 2011, located at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-267R. Then, respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity, evaluate the effect the GASB on the municipal securities market. Considering the credit crisis, as an investor, assess whether or not you would place more reliance on the analyst’s report or the disclosures in the financial statements if they were prepared in accordance with GASB requirements? Explain your rationale.
• Assume the government of the town or city in which you live has earned a return on its pension fund portfolio that far exceeds the average earned by other governments. Determine whether the government where you live should be concerned about this high rate of return or not. Explain your rationale.
“Capital Assets”
Go to the Journal of Accountancy Website to read the article titled “Government,” dated August 2011, located at http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/Issues/2011/Aug/Government. Be prepared to discuss. Then, respond to the following:
• From the e-Activity, examine the purpose for the issuance of “Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards (SFFAS) No. 40” and determine if you agree or not. Explain your rationale.
• Evaluate the potential problems that can exist when comparability of asset conditions cannot be made within an agency and with other agencies. Suggest how these problems may be minimized.
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