Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapter 4 on statement of cash flows. Also read the article Reading a Cash Flow Statement. Prior to the financial recession in the late 2000s, some companies built up significant cash balances. Since that time some companies have continued to increase their cash and liquid investment balances and a discussion followed over the value of accumulating large cash balances. Research the topic and answer the following questions in your write-up. Use the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Links to an external site.) website and the Ashford University Library to find resources to support your statements. In your paper, Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of having a large cash balance. Identify two companies with sizable amounts of cash and liquid investments on their balance sheets. Explain why a company would continue to increase their cash and liquid investment balances. Support your statements by citing at least three credible resources in addition to the course text. The Cash Balances: Company Analysis assignment Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Centers APA Style (Links to an external site.) Must include a separate title page with the following: Title of paper Students name Course name and number Instructors name Date submitted For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.). Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance. Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper. For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center resources. Must use at least three credible sources in addition to the course text.