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Book Reviews: Swindlers

Effective 1 January 2011, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) became mandatory for Canadian public companies. Proponents of IFRS adoption argued that it would enhance global comparability of financial statements. The authors of Swindlers: Cons & Cheats and How to Protect Your Investments from Them argue, on the contrary, that “differences in laws, regulations, taxes, cultures, education, ethics, training, traditions, enforcement, and optimism make uniformity an opium dream.”

History Repeating Itself: Groupon’s Questionable Accounting Practices Are Nothing New

A few months ago, I wrote about how Groupon had been using a non-GAAP accounting metric, “adjusted consolidated segment operating income” (CSOI), to explain its past performance — a practice the online… READ MORE ›

Take 15: How Are Asian Financial Institutions Impacted by Changing Accounting and Regulatory Regimes?

Yin Toa Lee, CFA, reviews the new global regulatory initiatives and changing accounting standards and their business impacts on Asian financial institutions. He discusses what board, management, and audit committees should be doing today to prepare for such significant changes, including issuing communications to the investor and analyst communities.

The Bizarro World of FAS 159

Do you remember the episode of Seinfeld titled “The Bizarro Jerry”? In this episode, which was based on Bizarro Superman, everything is backwards, i.e., up is down, down is up, in is out, out is in.

Well, financial institutions have… READ MORE ›

Is It Déjà Vu All Over Again?

The Wall Street Journal has published a number of articles about Groupon, the ecommerce internet company that is planning to go public. A July 28th article focused on Groupon’s use of a… READ MORE ›



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