FEI Hosts Issues Conference in NYC

FEI just held their 28th Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference in NYC. Lots of big names in financial reporting were on the schedule, including several high-level representatives from the FASB and the SEC. You can read about some of what was said at the conference on the FEI blog (here and here).  Lots of interesting [...] 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 > >

FASB Now Taking Applications for Research Fellowship

As you probably are aware, the Financial Accounting Standards Board recently instituted a Research Fellow Program. This program allows for one academic researcher (like myself) to come to the FASB each year for a 12-month position. In my opinion, having an academic researcher in house is an excellent way to both encourage new policy-oriented research [...] Read more > >

Tentative Decisions on Financial Statement Presentation

Jeff Wilks has already noted the FASB/IASB decisions regarding lease accounting.  Last week’s meetings also included a number of tentative decisions on financial statement presentation.  Several decisions pertained to cash flow reporting and supplementary reconciliation schedules.  The Boards tentatively decided that entities should be required to use the direct method of presenting cash flows.  In [...] Read more > >

Lessors not to derecognize leased assets

In their joint meeting in Norwalk, Connecticut this past week, the IASB and FASB reached the tentative conclusion that lessors will no longer derecognize leased assets. Instead, lessors will recognize a receivable and a performance obligation with revenue being recognized over time. Some think this approach is more consistent with the proposed new revenue recognition [...] 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 > >

Get ready for earlier revenue recognition (and more estimation)

Are you ready for earlier revenue recognition (and more estimation)?  The FASB approved an EITF consensus (issue 08-1) this week in which the EITF dropped one of the key requirements that often precluded revenue recognition for delivered items in a multiple-element arrangement (think Apple and iPhones). In current accounting standards (EITF 00-21 or FASB Accounting [...] Read more > >

FASB Proposes Update to Fair Value Disclosure Requirements

FASB is circulating an Accounting Standards Update that would clarify required disclosures about fair values.  Particularly noteworthy is that the Update proposes a detailed “roll forward” of fair value measurements using significant unobservable inputs (“Level 3″), which would provide a clear breakdown of how the total level 3 measurements changed as a result of: transfers [...] Read more > >

What did people say about the proposed revenue recognition model?

The comment letter deadline for the IASB/FASB discussion paper on revenue recognition was June 19, 2009. The staff recently presented a high-level summary of the 200+ comment letters received by the boards. Given my recent posts (July 30 and Aug. 11) on the AAA FASC’s comment letter, I thought it might be useful to consider [...] Read more > >

What Makes for a Good Disclosure? Not a Bunch of Citations and Jargon

As reported in the FEI Financial Reporting Blog, a CFO.com article by David McCann captured some recent remarks made by Wayne Carnall, the SEC Division of Corp. Fin. Chief Accountant.  In response to questions about whether firms would have to amend existing filings to make specific references from the legacy body of GAAP literature consistent [...] Read more > >