SEC Asked to Use Principles-Based Approach for Disclosure Updates

June 21, 2017

In response to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) efforts to amend the disclosure requirements for bank holding companies, one Big Four accounting firm has asked the agency to develop a principles-based framework. One Big Four firm remarked that disclosures under a principle-based approach would better align with how registrants oversee their business. The firm said such disclosures may help financial information users since the requirements allow a registrant to exercise judgment in reviewing how to meet compliance. In addition, the Big Four firm noted that while strict and consistent requirements could help investors compare banks, they typically do not consider whether the information is relevant when making investing decisions.

The comment letter was in response to Release No. 33-10321, Request for Comment on Possible Changes to Industry Guide 3. Comments on the document are due Friday, July 7.