We talked to Chris Hart, senior sustainable finance associate at Global Canopy—one of the four founding organizations behind the initiative to form TNFD—to better understand the issue of natural capital and how we can expect it to become part of the investing process.
of the most effective advocacy tools is to write comment letters on regulatory
proposals and then leverage those letters for blogs, conversations with
regulators, Hill staffers, and the media.
letters can shape the public debate… READ MORE ›
For blockchains to be adopted they must be standardized and provide interoperability solutions. To be of real value content and nomenclature must be consistent. For this to happens regulators need to work with industry and standard setting initiatives.
A recent CFA Institute report discusses what a blockchain is and answers the question posed in the article title, Can Blockchain Technology Help with The Production of Financial Reporting Information?
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.
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.
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.
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 ›
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.
For regulators to efficiently handle extremely large data sets, it will be easier with the imminent release of xBRL-CSV. An example from Spanish bank BBVA shows the value of this approach.
Electronic signatures on audit reports should not just be permitted but, indeed, be required. Introducing e-signatures is a useful step toward increasing the digital usability and security of reports.
reating the data using Inline XBRL would make it much easier for various parties to access, analyze, and reuse such information to improve pandemic management — just as it improves financial reporting.
Despite the best efforts of Congress, the big banks retained the new impairment model, the Cumulative Expected Credit Loss (CECL) model. CECL survives politics and is the story of first-quarter earnings.