Does revenue recognition require a customer?

I’ve just finished reading the IASB/FASB exposure draft on revenue recognition, and I have all kinds of questions running through my head. But before I get to those questions, let me first say that I am very impressed with this document. In fewer than 90 paragraphs of guidance (ignoring application guidance), the IASB/FASB have laid [...] Read more > >

Revenue Recognition Exposure Draft Exposed

The FASB and IASB released their exposure draft of their proposed revenue recognition standards. From paragraphs IN8 and IN9 of the official document In summary, the core principle [of revenue recognition] would require an entity to recognize revenue to depict the transfer of goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration [...] Read more > >

Manipulating relevance

As most FASRI followers are aware, the IASB and FASB are revising their Conceptual Frameworks.  The new and old frameworks posit that relevance of information for making decisions is a key attribute for determining if a particular number should be included in financial reports. Read more > >

This Just In from Air Traffic Control

**See bottom of post for a June 25 update.** After suffering through a 5-hour delay in Newark on Friday, it appears that I was not the only one about to be subjected to delay. Many of you have probably been wondering how the FASB and IASB were going to accomplish the monumental task of finishing [...] Read more > >

Bob Herz on Repo 105

In case you haven’t already seen it elsewhere, the FASB website and Bob Herz’s testimony last Friday before the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises both contain Bob Herz’s earlier (April 19) letter to Congressman Barney Frank that discusses accounting standards and the Lehman Bankruptcy report.  Not surprisingly, I found it [...] Read more > >

SEC Chief Accountant Questions Convergence by June 2011

A recent Journal of Accountancy article states that the SEC Chief Accountant Jim Kroeker would support the FASB’s cutting the number of convergence projects due for completion in 2011. Here’s one excerpt from that article: “June 30, 2011, is an arbitrary deadline and it’s not one that’s been put in place by the SEC or [...] Read more > >

Blue Ribbon Panel on Standard Setting for Private Companies

Next Monday (April 12) is the first meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Standard Setting for Private Companies.  This has the potential to be a very wide-ranging and interesting continuation of a very long-standing discussion about GAAP for non-public entities. As I understand it, many years ago, the debate began and was labeled the [...] Read more > >

Round Table Discussion on Information Risk and Fair Value

On Wednesday, April 14th, 11 am ET, we will be joined by Eddie Riedl (Harvard University). Eddie will discuss on-going research relating to fair value accounting. This will include a paper co-authored with George Serafeim (also of Harvard University), entitled “Information Risk and Fair Values: An Examination of Equity Betas.” He will both overview an [...] Read more > >

Decoupling: It’s not just about banking

Back in December 2009, FASB Chairman Bob Herz called for ‘decoupling’ GAAP and Banking regulations. Doing so could enhance the ability of both the FASB and the regulators to fulfill our critical mandates. We can continue to work with independence and an unwavering dedication to market transparency; at the same time the bank regulators can [...] Read more > >

Decoupling: It's not just about banking

Back in December 2009, FASB Chairman Bob Herz called for ‘decoupling’ GAAP and Banking regulations. Doing so could enhance the ability of both the FASB and the regulators to fulfill our critical mandates. We can continue to work with independence and an unwavering dedication to market transparency; at the same time the bank regulators can [...] Read more > >