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Feb 16
2011

Just 7 percent ready for new lease accounting standards

Posted by Stephen Taub in Riskleasingleaseslease accountingFinancial Accounting Standards BoardFASBDeloittecomplianceCash

Stephen Taub

It looks like most companies are not ready for the new lease accounting standards expected to be finalized as early as mid-year.

According to a recent Deloitte survey, just 7 percent of executives believe their companies are extremely or very prepared to comply with the new lease accounting standards proposed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

Nov 16
2010

CFOs: Do they really want accounting convergence?

Posted by dbedell in XBRLUS GAAPIFRSFASBcompliance

dbedell

US CFOs are not really keen to see convergence of US GAAP and IFRS come to fruition, according to a survey conducted by chartered accountant and management consultant firm Grant Thornton.

The survey, which polled more than 500 US chief financial officers and controllers, found that more than a quarter of respondents felt IFRS adoption in the US should never happen, while half felt that it should be held off until full convergence is reached—so not for another five or seven years.

Oct 19
2010

Input wanted: International accounting convergence

Posted by dbedell in US GAAPSecurities and Exchange CommissionRiskIFRSIASBFASBcomplianceaccounting convergence

dbedell

International accounting standards convergence has taken another small step forward with the FASB's announcement on Tuesday of a request for input on the timing of new accounting and reporting standards.

Comments on the board's discussion paper on convergence timing must be in by January 31 next year, although comments on certain sections of the current convergence plan must be in sooner than that.

Sep 20
2010

Companies baulk at proposed accounting changes

Posted by dbedell in RiskMcDonald'sloss disclosureIn complianceHPGoogleGeneral ElectricFordFASBclass action lawsuitsAccounting

dbedell

Companies across the US are signalling that they are not happy with proposed new accounting rules that would require them to disclose potential losses from pending class action lawsuits, and increase disclosure on potential liabilities from products and operations.

As many as 140 big name corporates—including Ford Motor, GE, McDonald’s, Google and HP—signed a response to the proposed accounting changes, saying that they oppose the scheme, according to a report in Monday’s FT.

Aug 27
2010

Retailers would be hit hard by lease accounting proposals

Posted by Stephen Taub in Riskretailleasinglease accountingFASBCashAccounting

Stephen Taub

The recent joint proposals from FASB and IASB to eventually overhaul lease accounting rules would most impact retailers, according to an in-depth report from Credit Suisse Securities.

The Swiss investment bank estimates off-balance-sheet lease liability for the S&P 500 companies is at least $549 billion. It figures two industry groups--Food & Staples Retailing and Specialty Retail--account for 25 percent of the total.

Aug 26
2010

Why Herz's retirement may be bad for accounting

Posted by Ron F in Securities and Exchange CommissionGAAPfinanacial reportingFEIFASBcomplianceBankingAccounting

Ron F

The retirement of FASB's long-serving chairman is no surprise. Eight years is a long time at the helm, especially when the last two involved a serious banking crisis in which accounting was a central concern. But Bob Herz kept a stiff upper lip and gave little quarter, even when playing defense and compromising where he had to.

When I interviewed Herz's predecessor, Ed Jenkins, he had clearly been through the ringer on everything from derivatives accounting to Enron. And it showed.

Aug 25
2010

Banks' asset values should be marked down by 20 percent: report

Posted by Ron F in financial crisisfinanacial reportingFASBfair valuecompliancebalance sheetsamortizationAccounting

Ron F

Jack Ciesielski has a new report out that puts banks' arguments against fair value squarely in their place. And the analysis alone should make short shrift of the industry's complaints, though it no doubt will do nothing of the sort.

The accounting expert and investment adviser who runs The Analyst's Accounting Observer finds that banks account for 96 percent of all the asset markdowns to the balance sheets of the S&P 500 that he estimates would result from enactment of the Financial Accounting Standard Board's latest proposal.

Aug 16
2010

A welcome end to operating leases

Posted by Ron F in leasingIFRSIASBGAAPfinancingFASBcost of capitalcomplianceCapitalbalance sheetAccounting

Ron F

I see that FASB is sticking to its schedule for ending most off-balance-sheet treatment for leases, and so is the IASB. It's about time, frankly, if only to spare us poor, I mean, intrepid financial journalists from having to sort through the particulars of the current accounting treatment a moment longer than necessary.

I speak from personal experience here, having wrestled with the false distinction between capital and operating leases for a sidebar to a piece I wrote for CFO Magazine way back when. The article delved into the details of a particularly complex variation that companies were using to finance real estate, called synthetic leases.

Aug 13
2010

Time to keep subsidizing home prices

Posted by Ron F in RegulationrecoveryrecessionFreddie Macfinancial crisisFederal ReserveFASBFannie MaeemploymentCareers/Managementbankruptcybanking industrybailoutsAccounting

Ron F

I have to disagree with my colleague Steve Taub on this, not because my heart bleeds for jobless, underwater homeowners, but to keep foreclosures from driving home prices ever downward.

Here's the thing: What is the "natural" price that Steve wants the market to find?

Jul 15
2010

Banks' anti-fair value somersault falls flat

Posted by Going Concern in GAAPFASBfair valuecomplianceBanksbanking reformbanking industryAccounting

Going Concern

 Submitted by Caleb Newquist, republished from Going Concern, Accounting News for Accountants and CFOs.

 Just last week we mentioned the American Bankers Association and its efforts to undermine the FASB's latest fair value proposal that, in the ABA's mind, could bring down civilization as we know it.

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