Holiday Reading from FEI

It isn’t too surprising that the FASRI blog has been quiet, and it surely will be for another week or so.  There will be some interesting changes and improvements to the site when you return from vacation (I’ll keep you in suspense for now). But if you need your fix of accounting information and commentary, [...] Read more > >

Common sense and no right answers

In one of our discussion groups at the FASB’s Financial Reporting Issues Conference, we had a lengthy discussion about whether a lease represented the promise to transfer a bundle of rights (which could be satisfied at contract signing) or the promise to allow someone to use an asset for a fixed period of time (which [...] Read more > >

"Must Reads" in the Earnings Management Literature

We had a great Round Table with Paul Zarowin yesterday, where we talked about the large and ever-growing literature on earnings management.  While much has been done in this area, it was clear from yesterday’s discussion that there remain many fruitful areas for future research.  If you didn’t get the chance to join us, I [...] Read more > >

“Must Reads” in the Earnings Management Literature

We had a great Round Table with Paul Zarowin yesterday, where we talked about the large and ever-growing literature on earnings management.  While much has been done in this area, it was clear from yesterday’s discussion that there remain many fruitful areas for future research.  If you didn’t get the chance to join us, I [...] Read more > >

Great article by Floyd Norris

My colleague John McInnis at Texas alerted me to this article. Very good stuff.   I wonder how much will come back on the balance sheet with the new rules that go into effect in Q1 of 2010.  I have read that Citibank expects (don’t have figure handy) a relatively small portion to come back on [...] Read more > >

Measuring Value-Added as a Revenue Recognition Approach

I’ve been thinking about something Jeff Wilks said during this week’s FASRI Roundtable and something that occurred to me during the conference.  In short, it is the notion that it might be useful to consider perspectives other than the customer consideration model for revenue recognition.  (Forgive me, Jeff, if I misunderstood your comments Wednesday, and of [...] Read more > >

Round Table Discussion on Earnings Management Research

On Tuesday, Dec 15th, 4 pm ET, we will be joined by Paul Zarowin. Paul Zarowin is a professor at New York University and an Editor at The Accounting Review. The topic of this session is earnings management, and Paul is going to provide us with a high level review of this literature and the [...] Read more > >

Deontology and Consequentialism in Standard Setting

How often do we get to use big esoteric words from philosophy when we are talking about accounting standards?  Not often enough! Usually, the only philosophical terms we use are ‘normative’ and ‘positive,’ and I think many of us are pretty comfortable with the notion that standard setters are trying to answer normative questions (what [...] Read more > >

FASB/IASB Conference takeaway

Having recently attended the FASB/IASB issues conference on revenue recognition, leasing (lessor), and insurance, I was struck by how terminology gets in the way.  For example, figuring out what “unit of account” might mean seems to be something many debates were centered around … yet there’s not a definition of this notion.  So much of [...] Read more > >

Leasing: Is it a Good or a Service?

We have already had a couple great posts on the FASB/IASB Financial Reporting Issues Conference by Ray and Rob.  I’d like to add a comment on something that struck me over the weekend. One of the important issues in revenue recognition is the question of whether a company is providing a good or service in [...] Read more > >

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