Have you seen Senator Elizabeth Warren’s recent grilling of the heads of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission, and others posted on YouTube?
After my first meeting as a member of the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) in July, it was apparent to me that the activities and decisions of the IFRS IC are more relevant to investors than they might anticipate.
On 12 February, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) Private Company Council (PCC) voted to add three projects to its formal agenda to consider how accounting in three topical areas should be differentiated for private companies.
Recently the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which sets the U.K. standards for accounting and auditing, announced that it would open an investigation into Hewlett-Packard’s $8.8 billion write-down of its acquisition of Autonomy.
Are you the trusting sort? How about when it comes to trusting banks some six years after the financial crisis? You should consider reading The Atlantic’s recent article “What’s Inside America’s Banks?” on why many in the investment world, and the general public, still don’t trust banks.
Last week, Hans Hoogervorst, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), made the case for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to allow the optional use of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by U.S. publicly listed companies.
CFA Institute recently issued a report, User Perspective of Financial Instrument Risk Disclosures Under IFRS (Volume 2), that focuses on the disclosures of derivatives and hedging activities of financial and non-financial institutions.
A list of the top 10 most-read blog posts from the Market Integrity Insights blog in 2012.
Many regulators continue to evaluate and adopt XBRL requirements, while others struggle with the errors included in submissions. Many public companies continue to see XBRL as a cost, while some are recognizing benefits of internalization of tagging.
In October 2011 the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued proposed guidance on how to value investment properties. But instead of providing guidance on how to measure investment properties held by any entity, the FASB created a new type of entity — the so-called “investment property entity” (IPE).
The need for better risk disclosures has been evident throughout the financial crisis. From the standpoint of investors and bank counterparties, the ongoing high cost of borrowing alongside difficulties that many banks still face when accessing different funding markets reflect the opacity surrounding bank institutions’ risk profiles.
The latest CFA Institute survey of U.S. members poses this question: Will the outcome of the election have an effect on the economy? A larger-than-expected 80% of our survey respondents say that it will have an important impact on the economy going forward.
CFA Institute recently held a webinar, “Financial Statement Disclosures: Standard Setter, Regulator, and Investor Perspectives,” to discuss the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) proposals for developing a disclosure framework and improving financial disclosures.
The U.S. SEC recent issued its long-awaited “Final Report on the 2010 Work Plan for the Consideration of Incorporating International Financial Reporting Standards into the Financial Reporting System for U.S. Issuers.” CFA Institute provides insights and raises important questions for investors to consider.
Vincent Papa, PhD, CFA, examines the link between sovereign debt and bank risk; capital requirements for the banking industry; the need to improve transparency for derivatives; and other systemic risk issues relating to banks.
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