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BoardMatters Quarterly

18 June 2014

BoardMatters Quarterly - Matters of Interest for Audit Committees - June 2014
This issue provides insights for companies doing or planning to do business in China. We also give an overview of the Boards’ new revenue standard.

3 April 2014

BoardMatters Quarterly - Matters of Interest for Audit Committees - April 2014
This issue discusses the challenges and opportunities of current digital technologies and provides questions for boards and audit committees to consider.

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Comment Letters

14 July 2014

Comment Letter - Chapter 8: Notes to financial statements
In our comment letter, we supported the FASB’s objective of improving disclosure effectiveness in the notes to the financial statements by developing a framework the Board would apply when creating new disclosure requirements and evaluating existing ones. However, we are concerned that the proposed framework would actually perpetuate the significant expansion in disclosure that has occurred over the past few decades. We suggest changes to the framework, including the testing process, and recommend that the Board provide guidance on materiality and clearly distinguish between annual and interim requirements.

23 June 2014

Comment Letter - AICPA’s proposed statement on standards for attestation engagements
In our comment letter on the Proposed Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements, Subject-Matter Specific Attestation Standards: Clarification and Recodification, we supported clarifying the standards in accordance with the clarity drafting conventions used in the proposed general attestation standard.

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Effective Date Matrix

13 March 2014

Accounting pronouncements effective for the first quarter of 2014
Several new accounting pronouncements are effective for the first quarter of 2014 for calendar-year entities. We list them below, along with descriptions of related EY publications. All entities should carefully evaluate which accounting requirements apply to them for the first time.

12 December 2013

Accounting pronouncements effective in 2013
Several new accounting pronouncements are effective for 2013 interim or annual periods for calendar-year entities. We have listed those pronouncements, along with descriptions of related EY publications. All entities should carefully evaluate which accounting requirements apply to them for the first time in 2013.

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EITF Update

13 June 2014

EITF Update - June 2014
The EITF reached final consensuses on measuring the financial assets and financial liabilities of a consolidated financing entity and reclassification of certain government insured residential mortgage loans upon foreclosure by a creditor. The EITF also discussed but didn’t reach a final conclusion on how to determine whether the host contract in a hybrid financial instrument issued in the form of a share is more akin to debt or to equity.

14 March 2014

EITF Update - March 2014
The EITF reached a final consensus on accounting for share-based payments when the terms of an award provide that a performance target could be achieved after the requisite service period. The EITF reached a consensus-for-exposure on the recognition of new accounting basis (pushdown) in certain circumstances. In addition, the EITF discussed measuring the financial assets and the financial liabilities of a consolidated financing entity and determining whether the host contract in a hybrid financial instrument issued in the form of a share is more akin to debt or to equity, but didn’t reach final conclusion.

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Financial Reporting Briefs

12 June 2014

Financial Reporting Briefs - Second quarter 2014
This publication provides you with a snapshot of the major accounting and regulatory developments that have occurred during the second quarter of 2014. This edition brings you up to speed on the Boards' priority joint projects and several other financial reporting developments.

12 June 2014

Financial Reporting Briefs - Second quarter 2014: Financial services
This publication provides you with a snapshot of the major accounting and regulatory developments in the financial services industry during the second quarter of 2014.

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Financial Reporting Developments

23 July 2014

Financial Reporting Developments - Consolidated and other financial statements: Noncontrolling interests, combined financial statements, parent company financial statements and consolidating financial statements
We have updated our Financial reporting developments publication on consolidated and other financial statements to clarify and enhance our interpretative guidance. Refer to Appendix C of the publication for a detailed list of these updates.

15 July 2014

Financial Reporting Developments - Share-based payments
We have updated our Financial Reporting Developments publication on share-based payment to reflect the FASB’s ASU 2014-12, Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period, and to clarify and enhance our interpretative guidance. Refer to Appendix F of the publication for a detailed list of these updates.

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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

10 April 2014

NAIC Bulletin - Spring 2014 edition
Our NAIC Bulletin contains the highlights of the Spring 2014 meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

16 January 2014

NAIC Bulletin - Fall 2013 edition
Our NAIC Bulletin contains the highlights of the Fall 2013 meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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SEC Comments and Trends

4 December 2013

SEC Comments and Trends - December 2013 - 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 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff’s concerns and areas of focus involving M&E companies. This publication is based on our review of 101 public comment letters issued to more than 50 M&E registrants between February 2012 and September 2013. It should be read in conjunction with our SEC Comments and Trends - 2013 supplement (pdf, 420.1kb) , which discusses matters that relate to all registrants.

26 September 2013

SEC Comments and Trends - 2013 supplement
Every year, we closely monitor the SEC staff's comments on public company filings to provide you with insights on the SEC staff's areas of focus. Our 2013 SEC Comments and Trends supplement highlights areas where we have seen the SEC staff increase its focus over the past year or where there have been significant developments. It is intended to be read along with our October 2012 SEC Comments and Trends (pdf, 2.6mb)  publication, which is more comprehensive. Our 2013 supplement discusses trends that affect all registrants as well as matters that relate to specific industries and foreign private issuers. Understanding these trends can help you as you head into the year-end reporting season.

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SEC Compendium

16 December 2013

2013 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 2013 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments in Washington, D.C. They include (1) the SEC staff’s views on reducing disclosure overload, simplifying accounting standards and challenging the design and effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, (2) discussions about the joint projects of the FASB and the IASB, (3) comments from SEC and PCAOB representatives on audit quality and transparency and (4) the SEC staff’s suggestions for year-end financial reporting.

10 December 2012

2012 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments
Our compendium summarizes comments of officials of the SEC, PCAOB, FASB and IASB at the 2012 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments. Highlights included (1) views from the SEC staff on considerations for incorporating IFRS into the US financial reporting system, (2) discussions on the progress of the FASB's and the IASB's joint projects, (3) observations from SEC and PCAOB officials related to audit quality and (4) considerations from the SEC staff for year-end financial reporting.

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SEC in Focus

3 July 2014

SEC in Focus - July 2014
Our SEC in Focus provides an update on activities and events relating to SEC matters that occurred during the second quarter of 2014.

3 April 2014

SEC in Focus - April 2014
Our SEC in Focus provides an update on activities and events relating to SEC matters that occurred during the first quarter of 2014.

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SEC Reporting Series

29 November 2012

2012 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 2012. This publication is intended as a reference tool for preparing annual reports on Form 10-K.

29 November 2012

2013 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 2012.

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Standard Setter Update

11 July 2014

Second quarter 2014 Standard Setter Update
Our Second quarter 2014 Standard Setter Update - Financial reporting and accounting developments highlights significant developments in financial accounting and reporting through 30 June 2014.

10 April 2014

First quarter 2014 Standard Setter Update
Our First quarter 2014 Standard Setter Update - Financial reporting and accounting developments highlights significant developments in financial accounting and reporting through 31 March 2014.

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Technical Line

19 June 2014

Technical Line - FASB changes accounting for certain repurchase agreements and requires new disclosures
The FASB issued final guidance that requires repurchase-to-maturity transactions to be accounted for as secured borrowings and eliminates existing guidance for repurchase financings. The guidance also requires new disclosures for certain transactions accounted for as secured borrowings and for transfers accounted for as sales when the transferor also retains substantially all of the exposure to the economic return on the transferred financial assets. Our Technical Line analyzes the new guidance and highlights key changes from current practice.

19 June 2014

Technical Line - Using the 2014 XBRL US GAAP Taxonomy
The SEC approved the use of the 2014 XBRL US GAAP, which adds tags for accounting standards updates, eliminates industry views and makes other changes. The 2012 version of the taxonomy is now unavailable for use, and companies that have been using it will need to use a newer version in their next periodic reports. Companies that use the 2013 taxonomy may continue to do so, but the SEC staff strongly encourages adoption of the latest version. Our Technical Line summarizes leading practices for selecting the most appropriate XBRL tags to help companies make the transition to the 2014 taxonomy.

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To the Point

25 July 2014

To the Point - SEC adopts rules to minimize money market funds’ exposure to rapid redemptions
The rules require institutional prime money market funds to operate with floating net asset values after a two-year transition period. The rules also require boards of directors of non-government money market funds to impose fees on redemptions if a fund’s weekly liquid assets fall below 10% of its total assets. The boards of these funds will have the option of imposing fees or suspending redemptions for up to 10 days if a fund’s weekly liquid assets fall below 30%.

24 July 2014

To the Point - Boards address sale and leaseback transactions, lessor disclosures
The FASB and the IASB continued redeliberating ways to clarify and simplify their 2013 joint proposal on leases, reaching converged decisions on most lessor disclosures and some aspects of the accounting for sale and leaseback transactions. The Boards reached different decisions on seller-lessee gain recognition and the accounting for Type A leasebacks in sale and leaseback transactions. The FASB also deferred decisions on some topics so its staff could do more research. Our To the Point publication tells you what you need to know about these developments.

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US GAAP vs. IFRS: The Basics

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.

14 November 2012

US GAAP versus IFRS: The basics
While convergence was a high priority for the FASB and the IASB in 2012, differences continue to exist between US GAAP and IFRS. In this guide, we provide an overview by accounting area of where the standards are similar, where differences are commonly found in practice, and how and when certain differences are expected to disappear.

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US Week in Review

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More Publications

9 July 2014

Quarterly tax developments - June 2014
Our June 2014 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, global tax treaties, and other items through 30 June 2014 to consider as you prepare your tax provision. We've also listed our tax and other publications that provide more detail on the topics we discuss.

15 May 2014

Transitioning to the 2013 COSO Framework for External Financial Reporting Purposes
Our Transitioning to the 2013 COSO Framework for External Financial Reporting Purposes publication discusses key differences between the 2013 Internal Control - Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and COSO’s original 1992 framework. It also highlights areas that management should consider in making the transition and provides a list of questions to help management evaluate whether existing systems of internal control address each of the 17 principles in the 2013 framework.

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