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FASB’s Proposed Materiality “Clarifications” are Backfiring

Something must have happened between my post criticizing the FASB’s proposals to reduce materiality to a legal exercise and last week’s meeting of the SEC Investor Advisory Committee.  Just prior to the [Read More...]

Instead of Converging Two Sacks of Mush, Let’s Reimagine What Accounting Could Be

Here is a summary of Chief Accountant James Schnurr’s recent remarks regarding IFRS:

Despite having been a national office partner at Deloitte, and being closely involved with the firm’s promotion of IFRS, he still needed [Read More...]

The Grim Political Realities of the Impending Revenue Recognition Standard

On April 29th, the FASB issued proposed ASU 2015-240, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date. It is widely expected that the Board will adopt a one year delay in [Read More...]

The FASB’s New “Going Concern” Reporting Rules: A Solution in Search of a Problem

It has been, like, forever, that auditors have been issuing going concern warnings in one form or another.  Back in the days when historic cost was the sole basis for measurement of assets, and [Read More...]

Sweet Next-to-Nothings from the SEC’s Chief Accountant

I’m not going to beat around the bush here.  James Schnurr’s first major speech as the SEC’s Chief Accountant amounted to 3,000 words of next-to-nothing.  He achieved this prodigious rhetorical feat with a medley [Read More...]

The Double Illusion of Financial Statement Comparability and Auditability: Through the Lens of Falling O&G Prices

My inspirations for this post are the maiden speech of the SEC’s new chief accountant James Schnurr, and the joy of paying only $2.02/gallon at the pump.

As for Mr. Schnurr, I plan to [Read More...]

Revenue Recognition: A Litmus Test for Convergence with IFRS

Do you remember the Big Four mantra that IFRS adoption in the U.S. was “inevitable”?  Today, thankfully, the operative word is “dead.”  Even former SEC chair, Christopher Cox, whose brainchild was the IFRS adoption [Read More...]

Loan Accounting: It’s High Time for the SEC to Step Up to the Plate

“Full convergence with the United States – leading to the creation of one single set of global accounting standards – is no longer an achievable project…   But IFRS moves on – we have [Read More...]

High Frequency Trading: What Would Cicero Say?

This post is a little different from my posts on accounting issues.  I’m going to weigh in on the high frequency trading (HFT) brouhaha that was ignited by the recent 60 Minutes report [Read More...]

It’s Time to Change the Wacky Accounting for Stock Issuance Costs (Revised)

Note:  Some very helpful comments on my most recent post have led me to conclude that I made some factual and logical errors.  Fortunately, though, my main message, that stock issuance costs should be recorded [Read More...]