Coronavirus: crisis of confidence

As I write this post, the so-called “coronavirus” provides a rather depressing illustration of the fragility of many things, not least the hopes for rational long-term investing. While every day provides additional speculation on the financial impact, here are a few snippets from the past couple of weeks. (Thomson Reuters) (Finance Minister Bill) Morneau told…

Classification of liabilities, or: the rights stuff

The IASB has issued Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-Current, amendments to IAS 1. The amendments are to be applied retrospectively for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2022 – earlier application is permitted. The extended application date responds to the possibility that changes in classification as a result of the…

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:…