Management commentary – a risk-laden enterprise!

As we covered here, the IASB recently issued for comment a new framework for management commentary. The document describes management commentary as “a report that complements an entity’s financial statements. It provides management’s insights into factors that have affected the entity’s financial performance and financial position and factors that could affect the entity’s ability to…

Sustainability standards – if they affect anyone’s decisions, we don’t want them!

Here’s an extract from a comment letter submitted by US SEC Commissioner Hester M. Peirce to the IFRS Foundation, on its initiative to create a sustainability standards board Financial statements, prepared according to high-quality accounting standards, enable investors to make informed economic decisions. As the Foundation’s website explains, “IFRS Standards contribute to economic efficiency by…

A new capitalism, with the same old spin…

A recent article in CPA Canada’s Pivot magazine, written by Gord Beal, posits that “a new capitalism requires a new accounting.” Here’s an extract: Investors and business leaders are joining others who are challenging an unsustainable status quo. Although the degree and speed to which capitalism will evolve remains to be seen, dramatic shifts in…

Management commentary – a major overhaul, but for how many?

IASB consults on a new framework for management commentary reflecting changes in corporate reporting landscape, announces a recent news release Here’s how it sums it up: Management commentary—in some countries referred to as management discussion and analysis—is a report that complements a company’s financial statements. The proposed framework represents a major overhaul of IFRS Practice Statement…

Farewell to Hans, or: the dance floor is calling!

Well, we’re almost at the end of the Hans Hoogervorst era… As you’re probably aware, if you’re interested in the subject matter of this blog, he will be replaced in July by Prof Dr Andreas Barckow, formerly President of the Accounting Standards Committee of Germany. I previously provided exclusive access to a sampling of the…

Streamlining continuous disclosure – reduce this, improve that!

Canadian regulators seek comment on proposal to streamline continuous disclosure requirements, announces a recent news release Here’s the summary: The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is proposing changes to the continuous disclosure requirements for non-investment fund reporting issuers that will streamline and clarify their annual and interim filings.   “We have identified areas where we can…