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FASB Finalizes Updated Hedge Accounting Guidance

Announced on Monday, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued an Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) that improves the guidance related to hedge accounting. ASU No. 2017-12, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities, aligns the accounting provisions with an entity’s risk management activities, as well as reflects the economic impact of hedging in financial statements, and streamlines hedge accounting treatment. In addition, the new standard expands hedge accounting for financial and commodity risks. The requirements provide additional clarity regarding how economic results are disclosed in financial statements. ASU No. 2017-12 will be effective for public. Read More.

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Financial Accounting Foundation Seeks New FASAC Members

New members are requested for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) main advisory panel. The Financial Accounting Foundation is currently seeking candidates to join the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (“FASAC”), a 35-member group that offers feedback on the FASB’s standard-setting projects and its priorities. The Financial Accounting Foundation wants nominees from private and public companies with a background in the financial services, retail, manufacturing, transportation, health care, agriculture, or service sector. Investors, such as securities analysts and hedge fund or private equity managers, and investment bankers, are also encouraged. Selected members will serve four one-year terms with the FASAC.. Read More.

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FASB to Address Troubled Debt Restructurings for Credit Loss Standard

Happening early next month is a discussion on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) new banking requirements for calculating losses on bad loans. The discussion on Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, is expected to clarify how banks and auditors should account for troubled debt restructurings. At the heart of ASU No. 2016-13, which is considered the FASB’s main response to the 2008 financial crisis, is estimating credit losses. One interpretation of the standard suggests troubled debt restructurings to be assessed on a portfolio basis, but. Read More.

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SEC Advisor Speaks on Materiality and Auditor’s Report

At a recent speech for management accountants at a conference in Tulsa, OK, Stephen Deane discussed mini-case studies on policymaking associated with materiality and the independent auditor’s report. Deane, an investment engagement advisor in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of the Investor Advocate, said that the mini-case studies offer insight into the policymaking process and the problems that policymakers face. The mini-case studies also distinguish between outside investors and managers inside the company. During his speech, Deane provided attendees a technical review of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s attempts to establish materiality guidance and the Public Company Accounting. Read More.

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FASB Seeks to Align Accounting Guidance Between Asset Acquisition and Business Combinations

There’s an effort underway by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to look at closing the gap between the accounting standards for business combinations and the accounting standards for acquisition accounting. Because these two sets of accounting guidance are different, businesses are sometimes motivated to structure merger and acquisition (“M&A”) deals in ways that avoid complex accounting. Decreasing the differences between these standards could help make M&A activity more straightforward in the future. This effort is also a continuation of the FASB’s work to more clearly define what a business is for U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Some critics. Read More.

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FASB Proposes Changes to Leases Guidance

Speaking recently on implementation of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) proposed amendments to the transition provisions under Topic 842 for specific land easements that existed prior to Topic 842’s effective date. In particular, optional transition guidance will be provided to a company regarding land easements that occurred before the Topic’s effective date, given that the company does not presently apply Topic 840 to such land easements. Companies are asked to continue applying existing accounting policies for the affected land easements. Once Topic 842 is effective, the new guidance will apply. Read More.

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