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PCC Members Want Consistency on Cloud Computing Guidance

With the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) continuing to research ways to improve guidance for cloud computing accounting, private organizations and their accountants are pushing for a simplified approach. At a September 19 meeting, Private Company Council (“PCC”) representatives expressed to the FASB their desire for the accounting guidance for implementation costs related to setting up cloud-based business software packages to be consistent with the board’s guidance for similar software licenses. Beth van Bladel, a PCC member and director of CFO for Hire LLC, argued in favor of cloud computing being treated similarly as software licensing. van Bladel said she preferred that companies decide on how to organize the contractual agreement based on the terms and. Read More.

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FASB Makes Updates to Technical Agenda

At its September 20 public meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) agreed to add the following three projects to its technical agenda: A project on differentiating liabilities and equity, with a emphasis on indexation and settlement, convertible debt, disclosures, and earnings per share A section of the FASB’s Financial Performance Reporting Research project aimed at the disaggregation of performance reporting by function and nature A narrow-scoped project on segment reporting aimed at improving the aggregation criteria and segment disclosures The addition of these projects completes the last stage of the FASB’s agenda consultation project. Also at the meeting, the. Read More.

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FASB Agrees on Guidance for Troubled Debt Restructurings

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to clarify its guidance for troubled debt restructurings under Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. During its September 6 meeting, the FASB agreed that lenders should assess the impact of the restructuring when the individual troubled loan is known. In certain situations, banks are free to make estimates based on historic data, which the FASB refers to as a “portfolio-level” approach. FASB member Christine Botosan remarked that the decision allows banks to estimate troubled debt restructurings earlier, wherein the estimation. Read More.

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SEC Announces New Small Business Advocate Office

In a public statement issued on September 13 , the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its nationwide search for the agency’s first advocate for small business capital formation. The selected candidate of this new position will support small businesses and their investors, as well as offer assistance and conduct outreach to address their concerns and suggest improvements to the regulatory environment. In addition, the advocate will have to establish and supervise a new SEC office, the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation. The small business advocate will be selected by and report to the SEC chairman and commissioners.

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Regulators Uncertain About Virtual Currency Market Oversight

As exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), other kinds of exchange-traded products, and bitcoin-related items grow in popularity, regulators are still uncertain about how to oversee the virtual currency market. The topic became a point of discussion on September 8 at the Securities and Exchange Commission-New York University Dialogue on Securities Market Regulation in Washington, D.C. During the discussion, Kathleen Moriarty of international law firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP said that the SEC has held off on its oversight because the virtual currency markets are still in their early stages and are not policed well. Moriarity remarked that from her viewpoint,. Read More.

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SEC Computers Compromised Last Year

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chairman Jay Clayton has announced that the agency’s computers were breached in 2016, possibly causing private information in its Electronic Data Gathering And Retrieval (“EDGAR”) filing system to be used for making illegal trades. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Clayton said an investigation is underway, but the SEC believes the security breach did not create unauthorized access to personally identifiable information, endanger the market regulator’s operations, or lead to systemic risk. Aside from stating that it detected the breach last year, the SEC has provided few details. The SEC did note that it realized. Read More.

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