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.
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.
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.
New revenue recognition rules will bring sweeping changes to company accounting practices and create a learning curve for investors.
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