Principles of disclosure – of primary concern

Let’s return to the IASB’s Principles of Disclosure discussion paper, for which the comment period closed in October…. The discussion paper noted the following problem: The Board has received…feedback that some users of financial statements analyze the information in the statements listed in paragraph 3.3(a) (i.e. the balance sheet, income statement, statement of changes in…

Principles of disclosure – what we talk about when we talk about financial statements

Let’s return to the IASB’s Principles of Disclosure discussion paper, for which the comment period closed in October…. The discussion paper carved out some space to describe an approach developed by the staff of the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board, with the following main features: (a) the inclusion of disclosure objectives, comprising an overall disclosure objective…

Principles of disclosure – take your paper and, uh…

Let’s return to the IASB’s Principles of Disclosure discussion paper, for which the comment period closed in October…. I commented last time that it’s very much a document for a linear, paper-based world, barely acknowledging the impact of technology. This is how the IASB staff summed it up in a staff paper: Many respondents were…

Principles of disclosure – stop me before I over-explain!

We looked briefly last April at the IASB’s Principles of Disclosure discussion paper, for which the comment period closed in October…. Although accounting policy disclosures aren’t usually among the most decision-critical aspects of any particular set of financial statements, they often contribute very disproportionately to their overall volume. My anecdotal impression is that many larger…

Hey, financial statements – this thing between us just isn’t working out!

How helpful are financial statements in the new economy? A recent blog post took off from the following premise: With only 20% of companies’ market value found in the tangible assets in the financial statements, it is no wonder companies around the world are increasingly using the International <IR> Framework to support integrated thinking and help…