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 > >

Measuring Value-Added as a Revenue Recognition Approach

I’ve been thinking about something Jeff Wilks said during this week’s FASRI Roundtable and something that occurred to me during the conference.  In short, it is the notion that it might be useful to consider perspectives other than the customer consideration model for revenue recognition.  (Forgive me, Jeff, if I misunderstood your comments Wednesday, and of [...] Read more > >

Deontology and Consequentialism in Standard Setting

How often do we get to use big esoteric words from philosophy when we are talking about accounting standards?  Not often enough! Usually, the only philosophical terms we use are ‘normative’ and ‘positive,’ and I think many of us are pretty comfortable with the notion that standard setters are trying to answer normative questions (what [...] Read more > >

Business Models, Intent and Revenue Recognition

Are you comfortable with allowing management to choose whether to recognize unrealized gains or losses based on management’s intent to hold securities to maturity?  How about basing the timing of revenue recognition on the firm’s business model?  Differences in intent and business models might very well alter what information users find relevant.  However, intent and [...] Read more > >

Anticipation and the Conceptual Framework

One issue that came up repeatedly for me at this weekend’s FASB-IASB reporting issues conference was that of the apparent clash between the objective to provide relevant information through financial reports and the objective to maintain consistency with the conceptual framework’s definitions of assets and liabilities. An example illustrates the nature of the problem: consider [...] Read more > >

Round Table: Funding Opportunities for Research on Revenue Recognition

As posted here, FASRI is issuing a call for research consultants to conduct revenue recognition studies.  This call is a little different from the usual ‘call for proposals’ because applicants must be willing to work closely with FASRI and FASB staff to identify research topics that will be most helpful in staff and Board deliberations.   [...] Read more > >

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 > >

2009 FASB-IASB Financial Reporting Issues Conference

For most of this decade, the Financial Reporting Issues Conference has been my favorite accounting event of the year.  Taking a Bayesian perspective, I also view it as the most informative:  every year, what I learn changes my beliefs more than any other conference. I will be writing some posts about the substance of the [...] Read more > >

How would a transaction-based framework account for warranties?

It was great to have Stephen Penman participate in our round table discussion this past week. It is worthwhile to listen to someone else’s views on standard setting, particularly when those views have been somewhat critical of the current state of standard setting. Although I still have many questions about the completeness of Stephen’s framework [...] Read more > >

Insurance accounting to change dramatically, but not really

In their joint meeting in Norwalk, Connecticut last month, the IASB and FASB affirmed an earlier decision that an “insurer should recognize all acquisition costs as an expense when incurred.  In addition, both Boards agreed that the insurer should not recognize a part of the premium as revenue (or income) at inception equal to the [...] Read more > >