Round Table – Steven Orpurt

On Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 11 am ET, we will be joined by Steven Orpurt of Pepperdine University. Steve will be discussing his paper, entitled “Do Direct Cash Flow Disclosures Help Predict Future Operating Cash Flows and Earnings? This work is co-authored with Yoonseok Zang, also of Singapore Management University, and was recently published in The [...] Read more > >

Opportunties for research on climate change?

Wow, i just learned the following.  Did not know this … From:  Comment from Michael A. Moran and Abby Joseph Cohen, Goldman Sachs: Global Markets Institute – Accounting Policy Update: SEC takes action on climate change disclosures On January 27, 2010 the SEC approved, by a 3-2 vote, new interpretative guidance on existing disclosure requirements [...] Read more > >

Debt-to-Equity and Lease Renewal Options

To what extent do lenders or credit analysts care about lease renewal options? In the proposed lease accounting model, lessees will capitalize the longest lease term that is more likely than not to occur. This means that renewal periods that a lessee is not obligated to renew will be measured as part of the lease [...] Read more > >

Roundtable Discussion: Stephen Ryan

Stephen Ryan (NYU) joins FASRI to talk about his recent research on the fair value option in the banking industry.  Stephen is one of the most respected accounting academics studying banking and financial instruments these days, so I expect people will have plenty of questions beyond the research study that will form the heart of [...] Read more > >

Measuring onerous contracts under IAS 37 and the proposed revenue recognition model

I was excited this past week to read that the IASB recently published a second exposure draft on a portion of IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities, and Contingent Assets. I know, excitement might be too strong of a word, but I was looking forward to seeing whether the IASB’s decision on how to measure onerous [...] Read more > >

Loan Loss Accounting

Typically at the start of every New Year, we spend time thinking about the prior year and all the interesting and exciting events that have happened. 2009 was certainly a banner year for accounting standard setting. As I was thinking back over all that happened and trying to determine what was the most surprising thing [...] Read more > >

More on Jim Leisenring's session

I was thinking about Jim’s comments about research helping standard setters.  A long time ago there was some debate on the ability of archival researchers to do ex ante research … some back and forth on that point.  I’m not an archival person so I don’t think about whether they can do ex ante or not, and [...] Read more > >

More on Jim Leisenring’s session

I was thinking about Jim’s comments about research helping standard setters.  A long time ago there was some debate on the ability of archival researchers to do ex ante research … some back and forth on that point.  I’m not an archival person so I don’t think about whether they can do ex ante or not, and [...] Read more > >

So You Want a PhD in Accounting?

I spent a good part of the weekend reading PhD files.  It seems like a fairly strong year, perhaps because the economy has closed out other opportunities.  (Many applicants hail from Wall Street).  I’d love to hear your impressions of any application pools you have seen.  But if you are one of the students who [...] Read more > >

A Plug for Panels at Next Week's FARS Meeting

On Saturday January 23, I will be moderating a panel discussion entitled, “Practice-Relevant Researchable Accounting Issues: Practitioners’ Views.”  The panelists are John Hepp, Partner with Grant Thornton, Bob Laux, Senior Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting at Microsoft Corporation, and Scott Taub, managing director of Financial Reporting Advisors and former Deputy Chief Accountant of the [...] Read more > >