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    Board Matters Quarterly

    27 June 2016

    BoardMatters Quarterly - Matters of Interest for Audit Committees - June 2016
    This issue discusses big data and tax developments. It also provides highlights on discussions with directors from six locations around the world.

    1 April 2016

    Board Matters Quarterly - Matters of Interest for Audit Committees - April 2016
    This issue discusses the 2016 proxy season preview, disclosure effectiveness, three things nominating committees need to know and recent EU audit legislation.

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    Comment Letters

    15 August 2016

    Comment letter - PCAOB’s reproposal on the auditor reporting model
    In our comment letter, we supported the PCAOB’s efforts to make the auditor’s report more informative and relevant for investors and other users of the financial statements. However, we offered some suggestions to clarify the definition of critical audit matters and the related disclosure requirements to reduce the instances where the auditor would provide original information about the company. We also raised some concerns related to increased auditor liability and recommended that the PCAOB eliminate the reproposed requirement to disclose auditor tenure in the auditor’s report.

    5 August 2016

    Comment letter - FASB proposal on clarifying the scope of asset derecognition guidance and accounting for partial sales of nonfinancial assets
    In our comment letter, we supported the FASB’s objective to clarify the guidance on how to account for derecognition of nonfinancial assets and in substance nonfinancial assets. We believe the proposed ASU would reduce the cost and complexity of accounting for the derecognition of nonfinancial assets by aligning it further with the accounting for the derecognition of a business. Further, the proposed ASU would result in the remeasurement of any retained noncontrolling interest to fair value, which may lead to a higher risk of future impairment and may raise further questions regarding the technical merits of recording gains on retained interests.

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    Effective Date Matrix

    15 June 2016

    Accounting pronouncements effective for the second quarter of 2016
    No new accounting pronouncements are effective for the second quarter of 2016 for calendar-year entities, but other standard-setter and regulatory requirements may apply for the first time. All entities should carefully evaluate which accounting requirements apply to them for the first time.

    10 March 2016

    Accounting pronouncements effective for the first quarter of 2016
    Several new accounting pronouncements are effective for the first quarter of 2016 for calendar-year entities. We list them along with descriptions of related EY publications. All entities should carefully evaluate which accounting requirements apply to them for the first time.

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    EITF Update

    14 June 2016

    EITF Update - June 2016
    The EITF reached a final consensus on classification of certain cash receipts and cash payments. The EITF also reached a consensus-for-exposure on employee benefit plan master trust reporting.

    3 March 2016

    EITF Update - March 2016
    The EITF reached a consensus-for-exposure on restricted cash (previously included in EITF Issue No. 15-F, Statement of Cash Flows: Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments).

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    Financial Reporting Briefs

    23 June 2016

    Financial Reporting Briefs - Second quarter 2016
    This publication provides you with a snapshot of the major accounting and regulatory developments that have occurred during the second quarter of 2016. This edition brings you up to speed on the Boards' priority joint projects and several other financial reporting developments.

    23 March 2016

    Financial Reporting Briefs - First quarter 2016
    This publication provides you with a snapshot of the major accounting and regulatory developments that have occurred during the first quarter of 2016. This edition brings you up to speed on the Boards' priority joint projects and several other financial reporting developments.

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    Financial Reporting Developments

    11 August 2016

    Financial Reporting Developments - Transfers and servicing of financial assets
    We have updated our Financial reporting developments publication on transfers and servicing of financial assets to further clarify and enhance our interpretative guidance. Refer to Appendix F of the publication for a summary of the updates.

    8 August 2016

    Financial Reporting Developments - Revenue from contracts with customers (ASC 606)
    We have updated our Financial reporting developments (FRD) publication, Revenue from contracts with customers (ASC 606), to reflect all of the amendments to the new revenue standard the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has finalized to date, along with topics on which the members of the Transition Resource Group for Revenue Recognition reached general agreement. It also discusses our views on certain topics, including those that are based on our understanding of the views of the FASB and/or its staff and the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Because the FASB’s new standard affects more than just revenue, this publication also updates our guidance on applying the new accounting for costs an entity incurs to obtain and fulfill a contract to provide goods and services to customers (i.e., ASC 340-40, Other Assets and Deferred Costs - Contracts with Customers) and discusses the new model for the measurement and recognition of gains and losses on the sale of certain nonfinancial assets, such as property and equipment, including real estate (i.e., ASC 610-20, Other Income - Gains and Losses from the Derecognition of Nonfinancial Assets). Our publication also highlights significant differences between the FASB’s new revenue standard and the International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) new revenue standard.

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    IFRS Outlook

    1 June 2013

    IFRS Outlook - June 2013
    Our IFRS Outlook provides timely updates with regard to changes in international accounting standards.

    1 March 2013

    IFRS Outlook - March 2013
    Our IFRS Outlook provides timely updates with regard to changes in international accounting standards.

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    Joint Project Watch

    10 January 2013

    Joint Project Watch - December 2012
    The standard-setting activities of the FASB and the IASB on their joint projects continue to move forward. The Boards are redeliberating their second exposure draft (ED) on revenue recognition, and are preparing to issue a second ED on leases in early 2013. Separate documents on financial instruments topics have been issued or are expected early in 2013. Our Joint Project Watch publication is designed to give you a snapshot of key developments from a US GAAP perspective, along with our observations about the potential implications for companies.

    11 October 2012

    Joint Project Watch - September 2012
    The standard-setting activities of the FASB and the IASB on their joint projects continue to move forward. The Boards are redeliberating their second exposure draft (ED) on revenue recognition, and are preparing to issue a second ED on leases in early 2013. Our Joint Project Watch publication is designed to give you a snapshot of key developments from a US GAAP perspective, along with our observations about the potential implications for companies.

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    NAIC Bulletin

    20 April 2016

    NAIC Bulletin - Spring 2016 edition
    Our NAIC Bulletin contains the highlights of the Spring 2016 meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

    10 December 2015

    NAIC Bulletin - Fall 2015 edition
    Our NAIC Bulletin contains the highlights of the Fall 2015 meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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    SEC Comments and Trends

    10 December 2015

    SEC Comments and Trends - December 2015 - Life sciences industry supplement
    Our life sciences supplement to our SEC Comments and Trends publication is intended to give you insights into the SEC staff’s areas of focus involving life sciences companies. This publication is based on our review of approximately 90 public comment letters issued to more than 70 life sciences registrants between June 2014 and November 2015. It should be read in conjunction with our September 2015 SEC Comments and Trends publication, which discusses matters that relate to all registrants.

    29 October 2015

    SEC Comments and Trends - October 2015 - Media and entertainment industry supplement
    Our media and entertainment (M&E) supplement to our SEC Comments and Trends publication is intended to give you insights into the SEC staff’s concerns and areas of focus involving M&E companies. This publication is based on our review of approximately 220 public comment letters issued to more than 90 M&E registrants between October 2014 and September 2015. It should be read in conjunction with our September 2015 SEC Comments and Trends and Technical Line, 2015 trends in SEC comment letters publications, which discuss matters that relate to all registrants.

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    SEC Compendium

    15 December 2015

    2015 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments
    Our compendium summarizes comments of representatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) at the 2015 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments in Washington, D.C.

    15 December 2014

    2014 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments
    Our compendium summarizes comments of representatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) at last week’s 2014 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments in Washington, D.C. The highlights included (1) a possible IFRS alternative to make it easier for US registrants to voluntarily provide IFRS information as a supplement to their US GAAP financial statements, (2) comments from SEC, FASB and IASB representatives on implementing the new revenue standard, (3) discussion by the SEC staff about accounting and internal control over financial reporting matters, (4) an update on disclosure effectiveness initiatives by the SEC and FASB and voluntary efforts by companies to make improvements now and recent PCAOB standard-setting activity.

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    SEC in Focus

    7 July 2016

    SEC in Focus - July 2016
    Our latest newsletter summarizes developments related to SEC matters, including certain items we have not previously reported in Week in Review. This issue highlights the SEC staff’s continued focus on non-GAAP financial measures and disclosure effectiveness, recent enforcement activities and developments in XBRL. We discuss the SEC's progress on rulemaking and other initiatives, including final rules on payments by resource extraction issuers and proposed changes to the definition of a smaller reporting company.

    7 April 2016

    SEC in Focus - April 2016
    Our latest newsletter summarizes developments related to SEC matters, including certain items we have not previously reported in Week in Review. This issue highlights the progress on the nominations of the two SEC commissioner candidates, the SEC staff’s continued focus on both non-GAAP financial measures and disclosure effectiveness, recent enforcement activities and developments in XBRL. We discuss the SEC's progress on rulemaking and other initiatives, including new amendments to the JOBS Act that allow companies to take advantage of additional accommodations during the IPO process. We also discuss a proposed rule for broker-dealers in liquidation proceedings, a final rule for security-based swap dealers and proposed changes to NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards.

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    SEC Reporting Series

    11 November 2015

    2015 SEC annual reports – Form 10-K
    We have updated our SEC Financial Reporting Series to reflect all final SEC rules and interpretive guidance issued through 31 October 2015. This publication is intended as a reference tool for preparing annual reports on Form 10-K.

    11 November 2015

    2016 proxy statements - An overview of the requirements
    Our proxy publication is a reference tool for use when preparing the annual meeting proxy statement. It reflects all final SEC rules and interpretive guidance issued through 31 October 2015.

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    Standard Setter Update

    14 July 2016

    Second quarter 2016 Standard Setter Update
    Our Second Quarter 2016 Standard Setter Update, Financial reporting and accounting developments, highlights significant developments in financial reporting and accounting between 1 April 2016 and 30 June 2016.

    20 April 2016

    First quarter 2016 Standard Setter Update
    Our First Quarter 2016 Standard Setter Update, Financial reporting and accounting developments, highlights significant developments in financial reporting and accounting between 1 January 2016 and 31 March 2016. Our Standard Setter Update publications also summarize certain proposals under consideration by the FASB, EITF, PCC, SEC, PCAOB, ASB and GASB.

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    Technical Line

    7 July 2016

    Technical Line - Accounting and reporting considerations of Brexit
    The recent vote by the British people to leave the European Union (EU) marks the start of a long and unprecedented process, and the terms of any exit are not yet known. How entities with significant operations or investments in the United Kingdom and the EU will be affected may not be clear for some time. Our Technical Line addresses some of the accounting and reporting considerations entities should keep in mind when preparing their upcoming interim (or annual) financial statements and reports.

    9 June 2016

    Technical Line - Accounting for cloud computing arrangements as software licenses or service contracts
    New US GAAP guidance on how customers in cloud computing arrangements determine whether the arrangement includes a software license went into effect for all calendar-year entities at the beginning of this year. Our publication discusses the new guidance, along with whether customers in cloud computing arrangements that do not include software licenses should capitalize or expense implementation and other up-front costs that relate to such arrangements.

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    To the Point

    26 August 2016

    To the Point - FASB changes certain requirements for the financial statements of not-for-profit entities
    The FASB issued final guidance that changes certain financial statement requirements for not-for-profit (NFP) entities. NFPs will no longer be required to distinguish between resources with temporary and permanent restrictions on the face of their financial statements, meaning they will present two classes of net assets instead of three. The guidance also will change how NFPs report certain expenses and provide information about their available resources and liquidity.

    11 August 2016

    To The Point - Consolidation guidance for NFP general partners of for-profit limited partnerships would be retained
    The FASB issued a proposal that would retain the consolidation guidance in ASC 810-20 that requires a not-for-profit entity that is a general partner in a for-profit limited partnership or similar entity to presume that it controls the entity, unless that presumption could be overcome. The FASB also proposed clarifying that not-for-profit entities (other than business-oriented health care entities) with investments in certain for-profit entities may continue to elect to measure those investments at fair value. Comments are due by 3 October 2016.

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    US GAAP vs. IFRS: The Basics

    22 December 2015

    US GAAP versus IFRS: The basics
    We have updated our US GAAP versus IFRS – The basics publication, which provides an overview of common differences between US GAAP and IFRS. This release generally reflects guidance effective in 2015 and guidance finalized by the FASB and the IASB as of 31 May 2015. It also discusses current standard-setting activities at the FASB and the IASB.

    6 November 2013

    US GAAP versus IFRS: The basics
    We have updated our US GAAP versus IFRS: The basics publication, which describes similarities and differences between US GAAP and IFRS. The updated edition generally reflects guidance effective in 2013 and guidance finalized by the FASB and the IASB before 31 May 2013, including IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial Statements, and IFRS 11, Joint Arrangements.

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    US Week in Review

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    More Publications

    4 August 2016

    Best practices when going through the IPO registration process
    Our publication provides insights for companies pursuing an initial public offering (IPO) and discusses common pitfalls and SEC staff focus areas that could create delays. The publication also includes a calendar to help companies navigate the SEC’s rules on filing deadlines.

    29 June 2016

    Quarterly tax developments - June 2016
    Our June 2016 edition is designed to help you identify changes in tax law and other events when they occur so the accounting can be reflected in the appropriate period. This edition includes enacted and effective tax legislation, as well as regulatory developments, legislative proposals and other items, through 10 June 2016 (except as noted) to consider as you prepare your income tax provision. We've also listed our tax and other publications that provide more detail on the topics we discuss.

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