Player transfer payments – eye on the ball!

I wrote a while ago about accounting issues relating to football (or, if you prefer, soccer), prompted by a PWC publication Accounting for typical transactions in the football industry: Issues and solutions under IFRS. I noted at the time that “I was certainly surprised that a sufficient readership exists for such a seemingly narrowly-targeted publication”…

Management commentary, or: like a prisoner, captured by your eyes

The IFRS Foundation is continuing to develop its revised practice statement on management commentary, with an exposure draft expected later in the year. A recent meeting of the project’s consultative group focused on the meaning of the phrase “management’s view.” The current draft of the practice statement refers to the concept in the following passages:…

Identifying cash equivalents, or: the six-month itch

A European example of issues arising in identifying cash equivalents As part of its activities, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) organizes a forum of enforcers from 42 different European jurisdictions, all of whom carry out monitoring and review programs similar to those carried out here by the Canadian Securities Administrators. ESMA recently published…

A standard-setter for non-financial reporting, or: flattery and despair

Eumedion is a Dutch entity that promotes the interests of institutional investors in the field of corporate governance and sustainability. It recently issued for comment a green paper: Towards a global standard setter for non-financial reporting. Here are some extracts: The attention of investors and other stakeholders for non-financial reporting has increased dramatically over the…

Disclosing share buybacks, or: sugar high!

A recent article in Economia cited Senator Elizabeth Warren’s denunciation of stock buybacks, as a practice that “create(s) a sugar high for the corporations. It boosts prices in the short run, but the real way to boost the value of a corporation is to invest in the future, and they are not doing that.” It’s…