As valuation analysts continue to follow IFRS convergence issues, they might be interested in "IFRS and 2009 Financial Statements," in the most recent edition of CFA Magazine. Highlights include:
- Financial instrument accounting, and its impact on equity, distortions of net interest margin and other key ratios, and inadequate disclosures;
- Consolidation and derecognition, two areas that many view as requiring significant improvement;
- Segment reporting—a/k/a "the modified management approach," its advantages and disadvantages for analysts;
- Goodwill impairments—given the market crisis, 2009 statements are likely to include significant write-downs; and
- Other key considerations—including reclassification changes, credit risk (which arises from the recognition of gains related to liabilities), and fair value measurements based on internal models.
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