Business Models, Intent and Revenue Recognition

Are you comfortable with allowing management to choose whether to recognize unrealized gains or losses based on management’s intent to hold securities to maturity?  How about basing the timing of revenue recognition on the firm’s business model?  Differences in intent and business models might very well alter what information users find relevant.  However, intent and [...] Read more > >

Anticipation and the Conceptual Framework

One issue that came up repeatedly for me at this weekend’s FASB-IASB reporting issues conference was that of the apparent clash between the objective to provide relevant information through financial reports and the objective to maintain consistency with the conceptual framework’s definitions of assets and liabilities. An example illustrates the nature of the problem: consider [...] Read more > >

Round Table: Funding Opportunities for Research on Revenue Recognition

As posted here, FASRI is issuing a call for research consultants to conduct revenue recognition studies.  This call is a little different from the usual ‘call for proposals’ because applicants must be willing to work closely with FASRI and FASB staff to identify research topics that will be most helpful in staff and Board deliberations.   [...] Read more > >

Call for Research Consultants: Revenue Recognition

The Financial Accounting Standards Research Initiative (FASRI) is issuing an open call for academic researchers to serve as Research Consultants for a Revenue Recognition Research Project.  Research consultants will work with members of FASRI to develop rigorous research studies likely to be helpful with the FASB and IASB deliberations on revenue recognition and related topics.  [...] Read more > >

An Option Play

Sorry for the light blogging, but I have been preparing for the upcoming Financial Reporting Issues Conference.  As always, the cases are a real challenge.  Here are a few questions to ponder: If I write an option, can it possibly be an asset?  Before you instinctively answer “of course not” (after all, you have given [...] Read more > >

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