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SEC cracks down on disclosure of lawsuit costs (Westlaw News & Insight)

February 3, 2011

By Carlyn Kolker

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters Legal) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is cracking down on corporate disclosure of litigation costs, a Reuters Legal analysis has found. In particular, the agency is targeting banks and other institutions that have reported large settlements of financial crisis-related lawsuits that they had not disclosed in prior regulatory filings. (more…)

ANALYSIS-Fair-value accounting may be coming for real estate

November 2, 2010

By Dena Aubin

NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) – U.S. rule-makers are mulling an expansion of fair-value accounting to land and buildings held for investment, a change that could reshape the balance sheets of hundreds of real estate companies.

PREVIEW-Rulemakers plan global overhaul of lease accounting

August 16, 2010

By Emily Chasan

NEW YORK, Aug 15 (Reuters) – U.S. and international accounting rule makers are planning to propose an overhaul of lease accounting as soon as Tuesday, in a move expected to affect some $1.2 trillion in leased assets.

It looks like Plan B for accounting convergence

April 29, 2010

Full convergence of US and international accounting standards appears to be some way off, and while International Accounting Standards Board member Philippe Danjou is still aiming to achieve Plan A – meeting the G20 deadline of full convergence by mid-2011 – a compromise Plan B is clearly being prepared, John Manley writes. (more…)

IASB: single set of accounting rules on track

March 16, 2010

By Huw Jones

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – The world’s top accounting bodies are on track to thrash out a common set of rules by the middle of next year, the International Accounting Standards Board said on Tuesday.

INTERVIEW-Plan B may keep accounting convergence on track – IASB

January 18, 2010

By Huw Jones

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – A patch-up solution to keep the goal of a single global accounting system on track may be needed due to differences over how standard setters are reforming a rule blamed for amplifying the credit crunch.

U.S. SEC to review accounting rules roadmap

October 9, 2009

By Huw Jones
BASEL, Switzerland, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will review by the end of the autumn its milestones for possible adoption of a global set of accounting rules, its chairman Mary Schapiro said on Thursday.

EXCLUSIVE-U.S., global differences over fair-value accounting can be reconciled – IASB chief

October 6, 2009

tweedie_thb By Emily Chasan
NEW YORK, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Proposed changes to mark-to-market accounting rules are likely to look similar on both sides of the Atlantic in the end, despite a current controversy about how far to expand the rules, the top global accounting rulemaker said.

International accounting board rejects U.S. “fair value” rule plans

September 30, 2009

By Huw Jones
LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The top accounting rule setter said on Wednesday that U.S. plans to widen the scope of a rule blamed for amplifying the credit crunch was unacceptable, raising doubts over a 2011 deadline for a global set of accounting rules.

U.S. accounting board eyes more disclosure on illiquid assets

August 31, 2009

Financial Accounting Standards Board Chairman Robert Herz makes remarks at the Reuters Regulation Summit, in Washington, February 7, 2008.     REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES) WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (Reuters) – U.S. accounting rulemakers have proposed requiring new disclosures on how companies value illiquid assets, a move designed to make it easier for investors to assess businesses’ financial health.