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Worldwide Financial ReportingThe Development and Future of Accounting Standards$
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George J. Benston, Michael Bromwich, Robert E. Litan, and Alfred Wagenhofer

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195305833.001.0001

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 Summing Up and Charting a Future for Standard Setters

 Summing Up and Charting a Future for Standard Setters

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(p.257) 11 Summing Up and Charting a Future for Standard Setters
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Worldwide Financial Reporting
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George J. Benston (Contributor Webpage)

Michael Bromwich (Contributor Webpage)

Robert E. Litan (Contributor Webpage)

Alfred Wagenhofer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195305833.003.0011

This chapter reiterates the major themes of the book and then further discusses a number of current key issues in financial reporting: that “fair values” based on estimates are unlikely to be seen as trustworthy and may be difficult, if not impossible, to verify; that financial reports can never provide all the information necessary for entity valuation; and that national differences in accounting requirements mean that any global set of accounting standards is likely to fragment in use. It suggests that a better approach is to entertain a small set of competitive international accounting standard regimes.

Keywords:   assets, liabilities, fair values, OFR, operating and financial review, MD&A, management discussion and analysis, intangibles

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