HFTP Publishes Paper on U.S. SEC’s Proposal for IFRS Conversion
The paper explains that round table participants agreed that international implications need to be added to the USALI and that HFTP needs to be the guiding force behind any major industry decisions pertaining to the IFRS. It recommends that financial executives begin to educate themselves on IFRS. At this time they may not be impacted by the new standards, but at some point in their career they will likely have to deal with IFRS in one capacity or another.
In addition, the paper covers the history of accounting standards, pros and cons to conversion, how the IFRS differs from U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and what steps financial departments need to take to prepare. Following the white paper is an article detailing suggestions made by the round table participants for the next edition of the USALI, including a broader international perspective.
In August 2008, the SEC unanimously voted to propose a road map for conversion and eventual adoption of the IFRS. The road map is available for comment until February 19, 2009. Depending on the company’s size, the proposed road map would require the mandatory use of IFRS beginning in 2014, 2015 or 2016. HFTP plans to continue to update and educate its membership as changes incur.
To learn more about the HFTP Research Institute's white paper, attend the free webinar on February 24 at 1 p.m. EST. Arlene Ramirez, MBA and Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, authors of the white paper, discuss the path to conversion to new standards and changes in the USALI that will support this path. The webinar is free to members and non-members. Register on HFTP’s web site.
For information on the white paper, “Path to IFRS Conversion,” contact the HFTP Publications Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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