While the FASB's proposed partial disaggregation would be helpful to investors, we are discouraged by its limited scope after waiting so many years.
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.
The reasons behind possibly extending account alternatives to public companies are different from when those alternatives were extended to private companies, and they are not the right reasons.
Revised guidance on recognizing revenue from long-term contracts goes into effect in 2018. Now is the time to prepare for the potentially significant impact of the changes.
Revised accounting guidance is now available under US GAAP and IFRS for analyzing and comparing the credit risk of banks. The question is whether the new models will actually help investors.
Our study, “Watching the Top Line: Areas for Investor Scrutiny on Revenue Recognition Changes,” will help investors know what warrants closer analysis.
In a strongly worded letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) at the US Securities and Exchange Commission objected to the Board’s proposals to “clarify” materiality, saying it would make matters worse for investors.
Findings in a recently published academic research paper align with our member survey results, and support IASB and FASB proposals to update their lease accounting standards.
Now that standard setters know what investors want in their financial reports, can they make them truly less complex?
Sandra Peters, CPA, CFA, offers investor perspective in debate over forward-looking information in companies’ financial disclosures.
CFA Institute supports FASB’s goal of an overarching disclosure framework, but thinks more consideration of its presentation is needed to best communicate the concepts it intends to convey.
Artificial boundaries regarding where to provide additional forward-looking information limits needed improvements to financial reporting information.
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