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FASB Roundtable on Insurance Accounting Coming in March

A public roundtable meeting on proposed amendments to insurance accounting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) offices in Norwalk, CT. The meeting will allow those who submitted a comment letter regarding the Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Financial Services—Insurance (Topic 944): Targeted Improvements to the Accounting for Long-Duration Contracts , to voice their opinions with the standard-setter. The FASB hopes financial statement users, preparers and auditors participate in the roundtable. Interested participants are required to submit a comment letter on the proposal and register online before Thursday, December 15. Nonparticipating attendees can also register , but must do so by Wednesday, March 1, 2017. An audio webcast of the FASB’s March 17 roundtable meeting will also be. Read More.

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FASB Working to Improve Insurance Accounting

A proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) has been issued to improve the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) insurance accounting model. The targeted improvements would impact financial reporting associated with long-related contracts (e.g., life insurance, disability income), and help insurance companies with their accounting efforts. The proposed insurance accounting changes would: Improve when liability for future policy benefits changes are recognized by requiring updated assumptions for assessing the liability; Eliminate an insurance company’s anticipated investment yield to discount liability cash flows, and instead require cash flows are discounted at a high-quality fixed-income instrument yield; Simplify the accounting for certain options or. Read More.

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FASB Releases 2014 & 2015 UGT Implementation Guides

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued the Final 2014 UGT Implementation Guide, U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy (UGT) Implementation Guide, Insurance Industry: Concentration of Credit Risk Disclosures . Following the 2014 U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy, the guide offers examples to assist UGT users understand the reinsurance-related concentrations of credit risk disclosures. In addition, FASB has issued a Proposed 2015 UGT Implementation Guide, U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy (UGT) Implementation Guide, Disposal Groups and Discontinued Operations . The proposed guide features examples of how users should model disclosures disposal groups and discontinued operations, and follows the 2015 U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy draft. Comments on the proposal are being accepted in writing and electronically until October 6th. Not viewed as authoritative, the guides are considered as documents that explain how the UGT. Read More.

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CAQ Study Shows Big Drop in Financial Restatements

Evaluating financial restatement trends over the ten-year period after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s (SOX) implementation, the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) recently released the findings of its study, Financial Restatement Trends in the United States: 2003–2012. Authored by University of Kansas Professor Susan Scholz, the report focuses on restatement activity that was disclosed by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-registered filers. Per Scholz’s analysis and findings, it was determined that financial restatements have dramatically decreased over the years. Major takeaways from the report include the following: Contributed to the implementation of SOX Section 404 internal control reporting, restatement announcements reached its peak. Read More.

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