Temporal Method


DEFINITION of 'Temporal Method'

A method of foreign currency translation that uses exchange rates based on the time assets and liabilities are acquired or incurred. The exchange rate used also depends on the method of valuation that is used. Assets and liabilities valued at current costs use the current exchange rate and those that use historical exchange rates are valued at historical costs.

BREAKING DOWN 'Temporal Method'

By using the temporal method, any income-generating assets like inventory, property, plant and equipment are regularly updated to reflect their market values. The gains and losses that result from translation are placed directly into the current consolidated income. This causes the consolidate earnings to be rather volatile.

  1. Exchange Rate

    The price of a nation’s currency in terms of another currency. ...
  2. Valuation

    The process of determining the current worth of an asset or company. ...
  3. Inventory

    The raw materials, work-in-process goods and completely finished ...
  4. Consolidated Financial Statements

    The combined financial statements of a parent company and its ...
  5. Foreign Exchange Risk

    1. The risk of an investment's value changing due to changes ...
  6. Income Statement

    A financial statement that measures a company's financial performance ...
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