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 > >

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 > >

Leisenring: IFRS 9 Abuse “Inevitable”

Somehow I ended up on the mailing list of Risk.Net, which hails itself as “The world’s leading monthly magazine dedicated to the risk management and derivatives industries.”  In this week’s top story, headlined “Abuse of revised IFRS standards “inevitable” – IASB’s Leisenring“, Jim is quoted as expressing concern about using management intent to determine how [...] Read more > >

Securitization Yields a Big Turnout, Engaging Discussion, and Lingering Questions

Securitization certainly seem to be a hot topic!  We had a big turnout for yesterday’s Round Table Discussion, with over 20 people coming in-world for the discussion and even more than that streaming the event live from the web.  I think people were hoping to hear lots of informative and stimulating discussion and, if they [...] Read more > >

Securitization, Complexity and Transparency

The blogosphere is ablaze with reactions to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about Securitization.  In light of the upcoming roundtable on securitization with Cathy Shakespeare next Tuesday, I thought I would point people toward one of the more interesting perspectives, on the legal blog The Volokh Conspiracy, and related articles on whether financial [...] Read more > >

Round Table on Securitization with Cathy Shakespeare

On Tuesday, July 28th, 4pm ET, Cathy Shakespeare will lead a discussion on securitization.  Cathy will start by giving us a gentle introduction to this complex commercial arrangement, and then use recent research to indicate directions for future work.  To get insights into one of the most central issues in securitization you might start with [...] Read more > >

New Guidance on Other-Than-Temporary Impairments

The FASB just released a Proposed FASB Staff Position that would amend the other-than-temporary (OTT) impairment guidance in two FASB Statements (SFAS 115 and SFAS 124) and in EITF 99-20.  This Proposed FSP seems to make two big changes.  Read more > >

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