Views on improving the integrity of global capital markets

Sandy Peters, CPA, CFA

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Biography

Sandy Peters, CFA, is head of financial reporting policy and serves as spokesperson for CFA Institute to key financial reporting standard setters including the IASB, FASB, and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. She holds the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.

Author's Posts
Two Sides of the ESG Debate Are Closer Than They Think

We support the formation of an ISSB because its “first principles” are important to the investment community and would address the full range of sustainability factors (i.e., beyond climate change alone) through which investors assess business performance. Crucially, the ISSB also would establish a global sustainability disclosure baseline, bringing coherence to a fragmented ecosystem in which investors have been forced to be multilingual.

SEC Should Lead in Requiring Climate Disclosures

A transition to a lower-carbon economy will have a significant impact on the global economy, with the US economy being no exception. It is time for the SEC to take the lead.

As the SEC Turns Its Attention to Human Capital, Investors and Accountants Need to Pay Attention

Perhaps most interesting about human capital relative to climate risk is that the financial statements are already supposed to provide some degree of information on human capital, such as compensation expense, but financial statements do not always do this. But now with the SEC involved, things may change.

UK Audit Reform: Audits of Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

The narrative that management and auditor assessment of internal controls of financial reporting is too expensive is a very common, but undemonstrated, narrative regarding virtually every accounting, disclosure, and audit reform. Investors view the benefits of ICFR audits as exceeding the costs.

UK Audit Reform—Investors Attempt to Assess the Net Effect and Timing of the Proposed Reforms: Has the “Expectations Gap” Been Narrowed?

Our key takeaway from the Consultation is that the UK government’s most significant instrument of reform is an empowered audit regulator, replacing the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) with the new Audit Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA).

IFRS Foundation Chair Speaks at CFA Institute Symposium on the Creation of Sustainability Standards Board

KEY MESSAGES

At a recent CFA Institute event, I hosted Erkki Liikanen, Chair of the IFRS Trustees, where he spoke about the efforts of the IFRS Foundation to establish a Sustainability Standards Board (the… READ MORE ›

CFA Institute Supports Intent of Sustainability Standard Setters to Work Together

CFA Institute supports the alignment among the leading sustainability and integrated reporting organizations—SASB, GRI, IIRC, CDSB and CDP— in advancing a sustainability standards discussion.

CFO Article on Buffett Garners Comment from Prominent Investor. We Argue Mr. Graham’s View is Minority Among Investment Professionals

Our outreach and investor engagement tells us this accounting – a position we have had for over thirty years – is preferred by investors as it more prominently and transparently displays investment market risks. If an investor does not prefer this accounting, they can easily adjust to remove these unrealized gains or losses – having been fully informed by this more prominent presentation.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations

A plethora of non-GAAP and alternative performance measures will arise throughout 2020 to explain the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Investors need to critically evaluate the nature of the adjustments, what the resulting measure is meant to communicate, why the new or revised measure is being presented by management, and why the measure is a better or more meaningful measure. This information should be used as a jumping-off point for a conversation with management.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations

We encourage investors to “look under the hood” at the results — not for their predictive ability this quarter per se but rather for the ability of a company’s forward-looking statements to be evaluated and to make their own assessments of future prospects. Until there is a vaccine, company results and outlook will likely be filled with uncertainty, and these interim results can provide insight into the impact of the pandemic and how the business may respond in the future as the pandemic ebbs and flows over the next few years.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on how companies are reporting during the second quarter/half year, investors likely need to perform their own going concern analysis.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations: Cash Is Not Just King, It Is Everything

As we noted in our introductory post on July 14, as the earnings season commences this week, we will undertake a series of posts over the next two weeks on issues we believe are important for… READ MORE ›

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations

The second quarter, ending June 30, will result in US companies providing investors with the first look at the actual impact of COVID-19 on US public companies; and globally, companies will release their half-yearly results for the first time since the global surge in the pandemic.

ESG Disclosure Standards: Begin With Financially Value Relevant, Layer Other Objectives

Last week, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Jay Clayton spoke on a webcast sponsored by FCLTGlobal. He discussed his views on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures and the SEC’s responsibilities to investors —… READ MORE ›

Berkshire’s Bottom Line More Relevant Than Ever Before, The Rest of The Story

Buffett's sale of airline stocks validates FASB’S new accounting for equity securities.