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  • Best of 2009: Accounting

    The year was dominated by hot debates over fair-value accounting and a potential move to IFRS. Still simmering are new ideas about revenue recognition, lease accounting, and contingent liabilities. December 24, 2009

  • A Separate GAAP?

    A blue-ribbon panel will look into whether private U.S. companies should get their own version of accounting rules. December 23, 2009

  • Ex-Bally CFO and E&Y Auditors Charged by SEC

    In a fraud case stemming from a year-old charge related to overstated earnings, the SEC alleges that six E&Y auditors should have known better. December 21, 2009

  • Stalling on Sarbox

    The regulatory-reform bill passed by the House last week suggests that lawmakers will either exempt smaller companies from getting internal-controls audits or put off the decision for yet another year. December 17, 2009

  • SEC: No IFRS Yet

    The SEC's chief accountant isn't dropping any hints about whether the regulator favors a move to international reporting standards. But he does believe that structured finance will continue to evolve. December 9, 2009

  • Herz: Give Banks More Freedom from GAAP

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board chairman calls for a greater "decoupling" of GAAP from bank regulators' capital requirements. December 8, 2009

  • Fair-Value Auditing: Not Just for Auditors

    An SEC official emphasizes management's responsibility for understanding how fair-value measurements are made. December 8, 2009

  • Its Future in Limbo, the PCAOB Asks for More Money

    As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's fate, the board seeks a budget increase. December 3, 2009

  • Does Sarbox Reduce Restatements?

    While small companies lobby to limit their compliance with the 2002 law, a new study suggests it may provide a key benefit. December 2, 2009

  • CFOs High-five on 404 Rollback Bill

    But some accounting experts despair over a resulting lack of checks on management's assessment of internal controls of financial reporting. November 18, 2009

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