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  • SEC Zeroes In on Sale-leasebacks

    The regulator settles with two companies, Terex and GE, over alleged schemes to recognize revenue prematurely. August 13, 2009

  • Simplified Reporting: Forgotten in the Crisis?

    It's been a year since an SEC advisory committee made suggestions for improving the standard-setting and preparation that goes into financial statements. August 12, 2009

  • The SEC's Most Wanted

    What does the regulator most want to see in future financial filings? Recent comment letters suggest that the Securities and Exchange Commission has a keen interest in goodwill impairments, fair-value measurements, and credit-risk disclosures. August 3, 2009

  • PCAOB: Experts Only for Final Audit Reviews

    But some finance executives fear the new rule could generate time-consuming, costly work. July 28, 2009

  • Audit Overseer Faults BDO, Grant Thornton

    The PCAOB says BDO had trouble testing revenue-recognition controls, while Grant Thornton did not adequately identify GAAP errors. Both firms complain that the board criticized judgment calls. July 13, 2009

  • The Fair-Value Deadbeat Debate Returns

    On hiatus while other fair-value questions were debated, the hotly-contested issue of why companies can book a gain when their credit rating sinks has returned to center stage. June 25, 2009

  • Another Fair Value Rule Tweak Is in the Works

    This time, FASB is hoping to clarify the rules on valuing "alternative" investment vehicles. June 22, 2009

  • KPMG Should Be Tougher on Testing, PCAOB Finds

    The Big Four audit firm was cited for not ramping up its tests of some clients' assumptions and internal controls. June 19, 2009

  • PCAOB Chairman Mark Olson to Retire

    Olson will leave the accounting-firm overseer in mid-July after three years of dodging criticism over the PCAOB's first stab at an internal-control rule and working to establish the board as a solid regulator. June 8, 2009

  • Audit Fees Rise, But Not by Much

    The good news is that the hikes trail the inflation rate. The bad: companies are taking on more audit burdens internally. June 4, 2009

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