Investments In Available-For-Sale Securities And Other Cost Investments Investments In Available-For-Sale Securities And Other Cost Investments (Notes)
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2013
|Schedule of Available-for-sale Securities [Line Items]
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Investments in Available-for-Sale Securities and Other Cost Investments
All marketable equity and debt securities held by the Company are classified as available-for-sale ("AFS") and are carried at fair value generally based on quoted market prices. GAAP permits entities to choose to measure many financial instruments, such as AFS securities, and certain other items at fair value and to recognize the changes in fair value of such instruments in the entity's statement of operations (the "fair value option"). The Company previously entered into economic hedges for certain of its non-strategic AFS securities (although such instruments were not accounted for as fair value hedges by the Company). Changes in the fair value of these economic hedges were reflected in the Company's statement of operations as unrealized gains (losses). In order to better match the changes in fair value of the subject AFS securities and the changes in fair value of the corresponding economic hedges in the Company's financial statements, the Company elected the fair value option for those of its AFS securities which it considers to be non-strategic ("Fair Value Option Securities"). Accordingly, changes in the fair value of Fair Value Option Securities, as determined by quoted market prices, are reported in realized and unrealized gains (losses) on financial instruments in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations.
Investments in AFS securities, including Fair Value Option Securities separately aggregated, and other cost investments are summarized as follows:
Unrealized Holding Gains and Losses
Unrealized holding gains and losses related to investments in AFS securities are summarized below.
Liberty reclassified approximately $40 million of previously unrealized gains in the condensed consolidated statement of operations in gains (losses) on transactions, net for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 due to the application of purchase accounting and the effective settlement of SIRIUS XM debt securities previously accounted for as available-for-sale securities through other comprehensive earnings (loss). Additionally, Liberty had no securities in a loss position greater than a year.