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Rays of Sunlight to Shine on Audits — and Auditability

Yesterday was a very good day for investors! The SEC finally approved PCAOB rules that will make a lot more information public about what actually went down during [Read More...]

“Going Public” is More than a Memoir by an SEC Staffer — Which is Unfortunate

There is more to the securities laws and their administration by the SEC than just the ’33 and ’34 Acts.  The Investment [Read More...]

Was Donald Trump Complicit in a Securities Fraud?

What do the race for U.S. President and financial reporting have in common?

Non-GAAP performance measures!

It’s looks like a stretch, I know, but stay with me. If you will give me a moment to tell you about [Read More...]

Post the Convergence Mania: The New Revenue Recognition Standard Will Do Much More Harm than Good

A journey through recent accounting time…

It’s 2002

The Accounting Establishment declares that convergence of FASB and IASB rules is “inevitable.”  At the top of a very long convergence to-do list is revenue recognition.  It so [Read More...]

Camfferman and Zeff on the IASB

This is my third post for today.

About 20 years ago (it’s been that long already!), I had a fairly regular gig traveling to Europe and Dubai to make presentations about SEC disclosure requirements that [Read More...]

How GAAP and IFRS Succeed in Overstating Bank Capital without Really Trying

As I stated in my post on ASU 2015-03, the accounting for debt issue costs is relatively small potatoes. The point was to illustrate that the FASB’s so-called “simplification initiative” was driven [Read More...]

Auditing Accounting Estimates: You are Invited to Comment on my Comment Letter to the PCAOB

Comments on the PCAOB’s Staff Consultation Paper (SCP), The Auditor’s Use of the Work of Specialists, are due July 31st.  This post consists of a draft of my comment letter, and I invite you [Read More...]

Research on Accountants’ Salaries

The following message is from Jennifer Stevens, professor in the Department of Accountancy at the University of Notre Dame.

Fellow accountants – we need your help.

How much did an entry-level accountant make in 1960 as [Read More...]

Accounting Estimates: What Investors Should Want

Last week, the PCAOB convened its Standing Advisory Group to discuss the topic of auditing accounting estimates and fair values.  I was invited to be on a panel providing investors’ perspectives.*

This post mainly consists [Read More...]

Is XBRL the Future of Financial Reporting? (YES!)

For many of the financial reporting questions of the day, the right way forward is self-evident and direct. “Build it and they will come,” I say.

But far too often, policy makers allow themselves to [Read More...]