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 > >

Tribalism in Science

You are probably aware that someone has (apparently illegally) published email correspondence involving climate scientists at the University of East Anglia.  This prompts me to think of writing two posts.  Later on, if I get the courage, I will write a post about how we deal with messy data — the emails discussing the matter [...] Read more > >

Stephen Penman Leads Roundtable Discussion

You may know Columbia Business School Professor Stephen Penman as the 14th-most downloaded author on SSRN.  Or you might know him as a Director of the Center for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis. Or perhaps as author of Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation. More recently, Stephen has been visible as a critic of [...] Read more > >

Follow up to round table on Reg FD

We had a great discussion about Reg FD and foreign filers on Tuesday.  If you were not able to attend, I encourage you to view the archive.  When you do so, you will notice several text comments from me (Accounting Footman) that may at first seem very critical of the study.  I want to clarify [...] Read more > >

New Revenue Recognition Rules and Tech Firms

A student of mine brought to my attention an article in the Wall Street Journal September 24, 2009, “Investors Should Focus on Apple’s Core.”  In that article, Martin Peers points out that existing guidance for firms who have products that combine hardware and software, like Apple’s iPhone, required firms to obtain specific evidence about the [...] Read more > >

Round Table Discussion on Changes in the Revenue-Expense Relation

On Wednesday, September 16th, 11 am ET, Dain Donelson, Ross Jennings, and John McInnis, all of the University of Texas at Austin, will join us to discuss their recent paper entitled “Changes over Time in the Revenue-Expense Relation: Accounting or Economics?”  Their paper follows the work of Dichev and Tang (2008), who document Read more > >

Fair Value Quiz

What industries have the largest percentage of their assets measured under fair value standards?  Whisper your answer to the person sitting next to you before clicking to see the answer, courtesy of this paper by Gartenberg and Serafeim of HBS. Read more > >

FASB-Friendly Research Report on Financial Statement Presentation

To prepare for tomorrow’s round table discussion (Wed Sept 2, 11am ET) on FASRI’s Financial Statement Presentation research, take a look at this report on an experiment I conducted with Frank Hodge, Pat Hopkins and Kristi Rennekamp.  A few points I’d like to make off the bat: Read more > >

If it isn’t useful to managers, does that mean it isn’t useful to users?

I have been diving in to the FASB’s (and IASB’s) newly-energized discussions on cash flow reporting.  One of the most contentious aspects of the issue is that users want direct cash flow data that reports the inflows and outflows, broken down by the function and nature of the spending.  For example, is that cash outflow [...] Read more > >

If it isn't useful to managers, does that mean it isn't useful to users?

I have been diving in to the FASB’s (and IASB’s) newly-energized discussions on cash flow reporting.  One of the most contentious aspects of the issue is that users want direct cash flow data that reports the inflows and outflows, broken down by the function and nature of the spending.  For example, is that cash outflow [...] Read more > >