Saturday, April 08, 2006


I've been invited to speak at the IASC Foundation Conference in Frankfurt about financial analysts' views on convergence of accounting standards, specifically the convergence of US GAAP and IFRS. Rather than going into the details, I addressed the direction which convergence should take in the longer term by summarising the 12 principles of the Comprehensive Business Reporting Modell of the CFA Institute. There were a lot of sceptic vibes to be felt from the huge audience (some 400 people), especially from preparers of financial statements about the full fair value postulate. But there you are: debate is only advanced by bold ideas - I think I can say that since those ideas are not mine alone. The presentation is available online.

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