More times than we can count, we have written that the preferable resolution of most financial accounting issues involves reporting values of assets and liabilities on the balance sheet and changes in those values on the income statement when they happen, not before and certainly not after.We have written about this point in the context of specific items, such as investments, receivables, inventories, tangible and intangible assets, payables, stock options, other derivatives, and pension assets and liabilities. We have also advocated this change on a theoretical level, especially as we reviewed the Financial Accounting Standards Board's new Conceptual Framework project.
Further, we have filled numerous columns (and a book) describing the Quality Financial Reporting paradigm that encourages managers and auditors to respond to demands for information from financial statement users, instead of focusing on their own desires.
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