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Managements of many companies have opted to change their reporting of pensions and other postemployment benefits (“opebs”).  Ford’s management is the most recent example, as shown in the files in the Class 3 in-class handouts folder.  The reporting change concerns how gains and losses on pension plan assets and liabilities are reported in income over time.  
1) Why do companies with defined benefit pension and opebs plans account for gains and losses on pension plan assets and liabilities in their income statement?  (HINT:  modeling the exchange transaction à la Professor Doogar’s CFR class may be helpful!)  
2) Research how such gains and losses can be reported for pensions and opebs under the FASB’s ASC.  In what different ways can managers choose to measure them over time?  
3) Which method had Ford management used previously to measure its gains and losses?  Examine the third quarter Form 10-Q for 2015, Ford’s most recent financial report filing before the change.  What are the cumulative effects of using this method on the company’s balance sheet?  (HINT:  keep in mind there must be more than 1 effect due to double-entry!)  
4) Now examine the tables from the Form 8-K Ford filed with the SEC.  The tables provide income statement information for the most recent 3 years of the 5 years for which Ford retroactively restated its records to reflect the change in measurement.  
a. What impact did the retroactive restatement have on these 3 years’ incomes? b. What impact will it have had on Ford’s balance sheet (which Ford did not disclose)?  
5) How do you expect investors to react, from the following standpoints:  
a. To the overall impact of the change on the company? b. To the informativeness of Ford’s accounting and disclosures moving forward?  
Explain each answer briefly.



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