Financial Statement Presentation Decisions

FASB made some decisions on Financial Statement Presentation on Wednesday.  Here is part that is related to FASRI’s research study, presented two days earlier: The Board decided to retain an approach to classification within the business section that is based on how a reporting entity organizes its activities and how it uses its assets and [...] 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 > >

Conducting Research with the FASB: Round Table and Call for Participation

If you read our ABOUT page at the top menu of the FASRI website, you will see that FASRI doesn’t just lead discussions about accounting research (as fascinating as that may be).  We also actively support researchers who are willing to work with FASB staff to conduct original research studies.  At next week’s Round Table [...] Read more > >

Bob Laux of Microsoft on Revenue Recognition, Comment letters, Fair Value…and General Motors

We had an excellent discussion today with Bob Laux of Microsoft. Whether you are looking for research topics or good stories for your students–financial or managerial–you will find this a very interesting discussion. You can now watch the archive live by going here, waiting through a 15 second commercial, and then clicking the “on demand” [...] Read more > >

Fair Value for ALL Financial Instruments, but Own Debt at Amortized Cost

Following up on Lisa’s post, I see that the FASB has summarized the key conclusions of this week’s Board meeting: The Board agreed to propose a model to improve financial reporting for financial instruments.   The Board reached the following decisions: Read more > >

Round Table Discussion with Bob Laux, Microsoft

Details on participation are here. On Wednesday, July 22nd, 11am ET, we will get a preparer’s perspective on the state and future of financial reporting standards from Bob Laux, Senior Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting at Microsoft.  Mr. Laux is responsible for Microsoft’s financial accounting, including  responding to GAAP questions and issues within Microsoft [...] Read more > >

Office Hours: Who’s Afraid of Performance Reporting?

Kathy Petroni (Michigan State) will be joining us June 10th, 11am ET, to talk about her paper “Comprehensive Income:  Who’s Afraid of Performance Reporting?”. The paper, co-authored with Linda Bamber, John Jiang and Isabel Wang, now forthcoming in The Accounting Review, touches on some timely and controversial topics. Read more > >

FASB Survey–Please Participate

The FASB is conducting tests of its proposed new financial statement presentation Discussion Paper, and they would like accounting faculty members to provide feedback on the new financial statement format and related reconciliation. To participate, click here; note that this is not a trivial commitment:  you will need to analyze financial statements and then make [...] Read more > >

Did SFAS 131 (Segment Disclosures) work?

During today’s Research Office Hours, Christine Botosan, Susan McMahon, and Mary Stanford shared insights from their recent working paper “Representationally Faithful Disclosures, Organizational Design, and Managers’ Segment Reporting Decisions.”  In their paper, they investigate whether SFAS 131 had its intended effect — providing users with better information about segment disclosures by encouraging more disaggregated segment [...] Read more > >

Office Hours: Segment Reporting, FAS 131 and The Management Approach

Just a reminder that Wednesday, April 1, 11am ET,  Christine Botosan (Univ of Utah) will lead a discussion about her recent research on segment reporting, with Susan McMahon and Marry Harris Stanford—with particular emphasis on the role of managerial discretion and standards that require preparers to disclose information that is consistent with management’s own views.  [...] Read more > >

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