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New Technical Auditing Questions and Answers Issued for Investment Companies

The following Technical Questions and Answers guidance has been added under Section 6910, Investment Companies, by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: Section 6910.36, Determining Whether Loan Origination Is a Substantive Activity When Assessing Whether an Entity Is an Investment Company Section 6910.37, Considering the Length of Time It Will Take an Investment Company to Liquidate Its Assets and Satisfy Its Liabilities When Determining If Liquidation Is Imminent Section 6910.38, Determining If Liquidation Is Imminent When the Only Investor in an Investment Company Redeems Its Interest, and the Investment Company Anticipates Selling All of Its Investments and Settling All. Read More.

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SEC’s Bricker Discusses Credit Loss Standard

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) standard for reporting credit losses was the subject of Wesley Bricker’s speech at last week’s American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions. Bricker, the Security and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Interim Chief Accountant, addressed the importance of implementing Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326). In particular, Bricker encouraged companies to work with their audit committees and auditors to review implementation plans so the new standard meets the reporting objectives. He also noted that the implementation process requires collaboration between all stakeholders when applying the standard’s. Read More.

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Banks Urged to Prepare for FASB Credit Loss Standard

Banking institutions are advised to act fast on implementation plans for Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326). At the AICPA National Conference on Banks and Savings Institutions last week, Louis Thompson of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency told depository institutions to start preparing for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) current expected credit loss (“CECL”) standard. Thompson emphasized that due to the substantial changes in writing down bad loans and securities, implementation efforts should require full commitment and cooperation to ensure the new guidance is applied in a disciplined and. Read More.

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Changes Proposed to Hedge Accounting Guidance

An Exposure Draft has been issued to improve the guidance in relation to hedging activities. The proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”), Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities, includes the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) recommendations to help entities disclose the economic results of their risk management activities. The proposed changes also aim to simplify hedge accounting guidance while maintaining the value of the financial reporting information presented. Comments on the proposal are due Tuesday, November 22. More on the proposed changes to hedge accounting guidance is available in the FASB news release.

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Banks to Change Practices for FASB Credit Loss Standard

A day after the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) published its final standard for writing down bad loans and securities, federal banking regulators announced that banks will change how they set aside loss reserves under the new guidance. Regulators want banks to apply Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, in a practical and reasonable manner with respect to their size and risk profile. Smaller banking institutions, for instance, are expected to modify their current allowance procedures to meet the FASB’s new requirements without using expensive and complex. Read More.

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Revenue Recognition Working Drafts Issued for Nine Industries

Earlier this month, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) issued 20 working drafts of interpretative guidance for implementation issues related to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. The working drafts offer industry-specific examples for implementing the revenue recognition standard, and pertain to the following sectors: Aerospace and Defense Airlines Broker-dealers Engineering and Construction Contractors Gaming Health Care Asset Management Nonprofits Software Comments on the working drafts must be submitted by Thursday, September 1.

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