• Review of 2016 Audit Standards

    November 20, 2018 Published: The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is consulting with stakeholders to determine how effective the changes to ethical and auditing standards in 2016 have been in delivering high quality audit, and whether further steps are now needed to strengthen auditor independence, reduce conflicts, improve quality and preserve trust in

  • FEI publishes guides to internal controls for leasing and CECL standards

    November 16, 2018 Published: Accounting Today Financial Executives International has released two guides to help CFOs, controllers and other senior finance execs address the internal control considerations for the new lease accounting and credit loss standards. The pair of “ICFR: Insights, Issues and Practices” guides discuss some of the considerations and best practices that financial

  • FRC announces 2019/20 audit thematic reviews, priority sectors and audit areas of focus

    November 15, 2018 Published: The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) will, in 2019/20, supplement its routine AQR monitoring programme with two thematic reviews. These thematic reviews, which focus on aspects of audit practice across a number of firms to identify both scope for improvement and good practice, complement other AQR work,

  • IASB to propose one-year deferral of insurance contracts Standard

    November 14, 2018 Published: IFRS The International Accounting Standards Board (Board) has today voted to propose a one-year deferral of the effective date for IFRS 17, the new insurance contracts Standard, to 2022. The Board has also decided to propose extending to 2022 the temporary exemption for insurers to apply the financial instruments Standard, IFRS

  • New PCAOB board members plan big changes

    November 13, 2018 Published: AccountingToday The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is planning extensive changes in how it inspects firms and interacts with financial statement preparers. The PCAOB has a new slate of board members this year along with a new chairman. Two of the new board members, James Kaiser and Duane DesParte, spoke alongside

  • SEC looking at Trump proposal on quarterly financial reporting

    12 de noviembre 2018 Publicado: AccountingToday Presidente Comisión de Valores de Jay Clayton dijo la SEC está estudiando una propuesta del presidente de Trump para cambiar el ciclo trimestral de información financiera para las empresas públicas. En agosto, Trump pié, “Al hablar con algunos de los principales líderes de negocios del mundo, le pregunté qué

  • When the SEC Speaks About Cybersecurity, We’d All Better Listen

    November 12, 2018 Published: The Institute of Internal Auditors In his blog, Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, shares his personal reflections and insights on the internal audit profession. Here’s an excerpt from his latest blog: I often find myself talking with reporters about internal audit’s role regarding risks, particularly cybersecurity. Recently, a reporter asked me

  • Reporting bodies announce two year alignment project

    November 7,  2018 Published: The Accountant A number of major corporate reporting bodies and standard setters have launched a two year project to drive better alignment in the corporate reporting landscape. As part of the project, Corporate Reporting Dialogue (CRD) participants have committed to driving better alignment of sustainability reporting frameworks, as well as with

  • SASB publishes industry-specific sustainability accounting standards

    November 7, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) on Wednesday announced that it has published what it billed as the world’s first set of industry-specific sustainability accounting standards covering financially material issues. Covering 77 industries, the standards are designed to help businesses better identify and communicate opportunities for sustaining long-term

  • FRC publishes thematic review findings of IFRS 9 and IFRS 15 company disclosures

    November 5, 2018 Published: The Financial Reporting Council The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today published two thematic reviews to help companies improve the quality of their corporate reporting in relation to the new accounting standards IFRS 9 ‘Financial Instruments’ and IFRS 15 ‘Revenue from Contracts with Customers’. The reports analyse the disclosures in a sample of companies’

  • FASB improves accounting for collaborative arrangements

    November 5, 2018 Published: FASB  The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that clarifies the interaction between the guidance for certain collaborative arrangements and the Revenue Recognition financial accounting and reporting standard. A collaborative arrangement is a contractual arrangement under which two or more parties actively participate in a joint

  • IASB Updates definition of “Material”

    November 1, 2018 Published: The Accountant The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has made amendments to its definition of what is considered material to make it easier for companies to make materiality judgements. The amendments came as a response to findings that some companies have experienced difficulties using the old definition when judging whether information

  • Disclosures by audit committees continue to rise

    November 1, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy Public company audit committees continue to make more information on their oversight of external auditor activities available to the public, according to a survey report released Thursday. Forty percent of S&P 500 companies disclosed their considerations in appointing the audit firm in 2018, according to the 2018 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer analysis

  • Global Business Expansion Presents Opportunity for SMPs

    25 de de octubre de, 2018 Publicado: IFAC por Ben Baruch, Jefe de Política de la PYME, ACCA Mucho se ha escrito en los últimos años acerca de cómo las SMP están experimentando un creciente número de retos comerciales que interrumpen los servicios a los clientes que han basado tradicionalmente en la generación de ingresos.

  • Un Partners with the Integrated Reporting Council to inform enterprises

    October 26, 2018 Published: The Accountant By Mishelle Thurai The 2023 agenda for sustainable development was created, to provide a context to accelerate global progress towards the integration of financial and non-financial reporting. The United Nations discussed the core indicators and guidance which will be used as ‘opening benchmarks’ for businesses reporting of the Sustainable

  • FASB permits new benchmark rate for hedge accounting

    October 25, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy FASB on Thursday made an addition to its list of permissible benchmark interest rates for hedge accounting. FASB ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, provides guidance on the risks associated with financial assets or liabilities that are permitted to be hedged. One of those is interest rate risk, which

  • FRC calls for improved reporting quality

    October 25, 2018 Published: The Accountant The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has called for improvements in areas such as corporate reporting, including key accounting judgements and estimates, eliminating basic errors and how companies have applied the principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code. The FRC stated in an open letter addressed to finance directors and

  • New guidance promotes resilience amid ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) risks

    October 23, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy Organizations that are confronting environmental, social, and governance-related risks can find new direction from guidance issued Tuesday by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). “Guidance for Applying Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) to Environmental, Social and

  • Strengthening Assurance for Non-financial Information

    October 22, 2018 Published: IFAC By: Vita Ramanauskaite, Advisor, Accountancy Europe People need reliable corporate information to decide if they will invest, buy products or sign an employment contract. Non-financial corporate information (NFI) is essential to get the full picture of a company’s performance, which financial information alone cannot provide anymore. Independent assurance enhances the

  • IASB amends definition of business in IFRS Standard on business combinations

    October 22, 2018 The International Accounting Standards Board (Board) has today issued narrow-scope amendments to IFRS 3 Business Combinations to improve the definition of a business. The amendments will help companies determine whether an acquisition made is of a business or a group of assets. The amended definition emphasises that the output of a business is to

  • Critical audit matters coming into focus

    October 1, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountacy By Russ Banham As public company auditors prepare to deliver new information in auditors’ reports, firms need to develop consistent processes for determining what should be disclosed. As auditors prepare for a new auditing standard requiring the disclosure of critical audit matters (CAMs) in their reports, they are

  • SEC Launches New Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology

    October 18, 2018 Published: SEC The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the launch of the agency’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub). The FinHub will serve as a resource for public engagement on the SEC’s FinTech-related issues and initiatives, such as distributed ledger technology (including digital assets), automated investment advice, digital marketplace financing, and

  • SEC Investigative Report: Public Companies Should Consider Cyber Threats When Implementing Internal Accounting Controls

    October 16, 2018 Published:SEC The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued an investigative report cautioning that public companies should consider cyber threats when implementing internal accounting controls. The report is based on the SEC Enforcement Division’s investigations of nine public companies that fell victim to cyber fraud, losing millions of dollars in the process. The SEC’s investigations

  • FASAB proposal seeks clearer materiality guidance

    October 16, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy By: Jeff Drew  The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) is asking for public comment on a proposal to clarify the implementation of materiality concepts in the issuance of federal financial statements. A proposed Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Concepts (SFFAC) titled Materiality, issued Monday by FASAB, would (1)

  • Sustainable finance: what’s it got to do with accountants?

    October 10, 2018 Published: Accountancy Europe By Vita Ramanauskaité and Eleni Kanelli Global goals for a greener planet To keep Europe liveable for all 512 million of us, we will need a more sustainable economy. Having committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, Europe needs to fulfil an ambitious agenda

  • SEC’s New Strategic Plan Puts Investors, Innovation, and Performance at Top

    October. 11, 2018 Published: SEC The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a new strategic plan to guide the agency’s work over the next four years with a primary focus on investors, innovation, and performance. The plan’s goals reflect the agency’s commitment to its longstanding mission while leveraging the opportunities and addressing the challenges that come from

  • CMA launches audit market review

    October 9, 2018 Published: The Accountant Author: Jonathan Minter The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a study of the audit sector in the UK, to examine concerns that it is not working well for the economy or investors. It plans to issue provisional findings before Christmas with a view to completing its work

  • FRC to consider banning auditors from providing consultancy services

    October 8, 2018 Published: The Accountant Author: Joe Pickard The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is to consider whether auditors should be banned from providing consulting work for bodies they audit as part of a wider review to prevent auditor independence from being compromised. The FRC has said it will work closely with UK’s Competition and

  • IAASB Modernizes Auditing of Accounting Estimates in Support of Audit Quality

    October 03, 2018 Published: IFAC The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) today released International Standard on Auditing (ISA) 540 (Revised), its revised standard for the audit of accounting estimates and related disclosures. Banks, insurers and other financial services firms have seen revolutionary change in their accounting practices as they moved to new accounting standards

  • Cybersecurity: Three Dynamics Working in Our Favor

    October 3, 2018 Published: The Caq By: Cindy Fornelli, Executive Director at Center for Audit Quality Cybersecurity risk is one born from profound disruption. Just as the internet transformed our businesses and lives for the better, it also spawned new categories of wrongdoing and a true rogue’s gallery of cybercriminals. As once described by Securities and Exchange

  • Best Practice Principles for Audit Tendering

    October 2, 2018 Published: IFAC by Alice Telfer, Head of Business and Public Sector, ICAS and David Wood, Senior Policy Director, ICAS What are best practices for audit tendering? The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) has distilled good practice principles on audit tendering for private companies and public sector organizations, including publicly funded, third sector and not-for-profit organizations. The

  • Coping with Disruption: Lessons from the PCAOB

    October 2, 2018 Published: TheCaq by Cindy Fornelli Worried about disruption? Take a cue from the PCAOB, which is proceeding strategically and deliberately in a financial reporting system poised for transformative change. Leaders in accounting and auditing don’t tend to downplay the potential for emerging technology and other disruptive forces to shape the profession and

  • IOSCO Launches World Investor Week 2018 to Promote Investor Education and Protection

    October 1, 2018 Published: IOSCO The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) today launched its second annual World Investor Week (WIW), following its success last year at attracting more than one thousand financial organizations to showcase their initiatives for promoting investor education and protection across the globe. In Japan, where financial markets are the first

  • Stakeholders Have Last Word on Whether Internal Audit Adds Value

    October 01, 2018 Published: Internal Auditor By: Richard Chambers If you were to ask your stakeholders to describe how internal auditing adds value, you might receive a different response from each person you talked to. The CEO might focus on recommendations for improving efficiency, while the chief financial officer might describe audit value in terms

  • GASB proposes changes in government financial reports

    September 28 2018 Published: AccountingToday The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has released two documents proposing a number of improvements in how state and local governments should report information on their financial statements and recognize transactions. In one of the documents, Preliminary Views, Financial Reporting Model Improvements, GASB suggests several enhancements in the financial reporting model for

  • The G20 Presidency and international organizations support IOSCO World Investor Week

    26 September 2018 Published: IOSCO In addition to the Argentine G20 Presidency, various important multilateral institutions have endorsed the second annual World Investor Week (WIW), organized by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to raise awareness of the importance of investor education and protection around the world. Support for this year´s WIW includes the

  • Voices The potential of blockchain: What accounting execs need to know

    September 21, 2018 Published: Accounting Today In its 2017 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, Gartner estimates it will take five to 10 years before there’s mainstream adoption of blockchain. However, major players in the financial services industry are already seeing benefits from the technology, using blockchain as a game-changing “trust protocol” for financial transactions and keep

  • IOSCO guidance addresses conflicts of interest and conduct risks in equity capital raising

    September 18, 2018 Published: IOSCO The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) today published guidance to help its members address conflicts of interest and associated misconduct risks that may arise and undermine the equity capital raising process. Conflicts of interest and associated conduct risks stemming from the role of intermediaries can harm

  • Proposed update to the IFRS Taxonomy 2018 on IFRS 13 common practice

    September 20, 2018 Published: IFRS The IFRS Foundation has today published IFRS Taxonomy 2018—Proposed Update 1 Common Practice (IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement) for public consultation. Those proposed changes result from the analysis of reporting practice relating to the disclosure requirements in IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement. The common practice elements in the IFRS Taxonomy reflect disclosures that companies applying IFRS

  • New Report Outlines Keys to Sound Governance

    Distinct Roles of Internal Audit & Finance Function Provide Crucial Support September 18, 2018 Published: The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)  Effective governance is the outcome of a mosaic of organizational policies, processes, and cross-functional interactions, according to experts featured in a new report from The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and IFAC (the International Federation of Accountants).

  • Investors trust auditors, but confidence in U.S. markets drops

    September 18, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy Public company auditors remain the group investors trust most to protect their interests, but investors’ confidence in U.S. capital markets and U.S. public companies has dropped in the past year, according to a Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) survey report released Tuesday. Respondents to the Main Street Investor survey kept

  • PCAOB Enters Into Cooperative Agreement with Austrian Audit Regulator

    Washington, Sept. 13, 2018 Published: PCAOB The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board today announced that it has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Audit Oversight Body of Austria. This agreement provides a framework for joint inspections in the oversight of audit firms subject to the regulatory jurisdictions of both organizations. It also allows for the exchange

  • Cybersecurity risk: time for auditors to take heed?

    September 10, 2018 Published: Chartered Accountants Worldwide The global interest in cybersecurity is growing. As we move into the cyber age, technology has become a huge part of both our everyday lives and today’s business environment, as more and more businesses increase their online presence and digital exposure by leveraging technology for almost every aspect

  • The International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants: Key Areas of Focus for SMEs and SMPs

    In early April 2018, the IESBA released a completely rewritten and revamped Code of Ethics for professional accountants (PAs). Renamed “International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards) (“the Code” or “the revised and restructured Code”), the Code will become effective in June 2019. It packages all substantive advancements in ethics and independence

  • Enhanced Audit Reporting – The profession in APAC calls for better awareness and education

    September 7, 2018 Published: Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) In the first quarter of 2015, the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) released its new and revised auditor reporting standards. The most significant enhancement is the new requirement for auditors to communicate “Key Audit Matters” (KAMs), described by the IAASB as ‘those matters that

  • Internal Audit Foundation Releases New Internal Audit Activity Research Report

    September 9, 2018 Published: The Institute of Internal Auditors Aligning Internal Audit Activities and Scope to Organizational Strategy – How the Business Environment and Organizational Strategy Impact Internal Audit The Internal Audit Foundation announced today the release of a new research report, Aligning Internal Audit Activities and Scope to Organizational Strategy – How the Business Environment

  • Professional Skepticism: The Heart of Audit

    September 6, 2018 Published: IFAC By: Katharine Bagshaw, Manager, Auditing Standards, ICAEW Most of us who trained as auditors never really lose the urge to question numbers. The temptation to ask on what basis they were calculated, to generally prod and poke around, and to make sure that they are what they appear to be,

  • Financial system risk is elevated and global standards are essential in managing cross-border infrastructure investment

    September 3, 2018 Published: OECD A new OECD report, the 2018 Business and Finance Outlook, highlights a number of major risks having the potential to disrupt global economic growth. It notes that the gradual normalisation of monetary policy in an environment of growing debt will be a major test of whether the Basel III regulatory reforms

  • Audit Chiefs see Cybersecurity as biggest risk to business

    September 4, 2018 Published: The Accountant By: Joe Pickard Cybersecurity is the biggest risk to organisations across the private and public sector, according to research conducted by Risk in Focus, a collaborative report between seven European institutes of internal auditors. Over two-thirds (68%) of the 300 chief internal auditors questioned said cybersecurity is one of

  • FASB clarifies accounting for grants and contributions

    September 1, 2018 Published: Journal of Accountancy The board also proposed a new definition of collections and issued clarifications on lease accounting and other issues. FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) clarifying when a transfer of cash or other assets received and made, primarily by not-for-profits, qualifies as a contribution or an exchange transaction. The ASU,