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Periodic newsletters that analyze important accounting developments, such as new FASB and IASB pronouncements or exposure drafts. Concise examples and answers to frequently asked questions assist readers in understanding and implementing the critical guidance.

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The new revenue standard — Are you still assessing the impact?

September 5, 2017

This Heads Up provides Deloitte’s observations about public companies’ progress toward adopting the FASB’s new revenue standard (ASC 606).

Learn about Deloitte’s observations about public companies’ progress toward adopting the FASB’s new revenue standard (ASC 606).

FASB issues standard bringing targeted improvements to hedge accounting

August 30, 2017

This Heads Up provides a summary of the FASB's Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-12, Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities, which amends the hedge accounting recognition and presentation requirements in ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging.

Learn about targeted improvements to accounting for hedging activities.

FASB makes targeted changes to guidance on accounting for certain financial instruments with down-round features

July 21, 2017

This Heads Up discusses FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2017-11, which makes limited changes to the Board’s guidance on classifying certain financial instruments as either liabilities or equity. The ASU is intended to improve (1) the accounting for instruments with “down-round” provisions and (2) the readability of the guidance in ASC 480 on distinguishing liabilities from equity by replacing the indefinite deferral of certain pending content with scope exceptions.

 

Learn about the FASB's ASU on classifying certain financial instruments.

Crisis averted

July 20, 2017

This Heads Up discusses the SEC staff’s announcement at today’s meeting of the Emerging Issues Task Force that the staff would not object to elections by certain public business entities (PBEs) to use the non-PBE effective dates for the sole purpose of adopting the FASB’s new standards on revenue and leases.
 

Learn about the SEC's announcement at the July 2017 EITF meeting.

FASB proposes targeted amendments to the related-party guidance for variable interest entities

July 14, 2017

This Heads Up discusses the FASB’s proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Targeted Improvements to Related Party Guidance for Variable Interest Entities. The proposed ASU’s three main objectives are (1) to add an elective private-company scope exception to the variable interest entity (VIE) guidance for entities under common control, (2) to remove a sentence in ASC 810-10-55-37D regarding the evaluation of fees paid to decision makers to conform with the amendments in ASU 2016-17 (issued in October 2016), and (3) to make additional changes to the related-party guidance in the VIE primary-beneficiary assessment, including amending the guidance in ASC 810-10-25-44 (frequently referred to as the related-party tiebreaker test).

Learn about the FASB's proposed ASU that would amend certain aspects of the related-party guidance in ASC 810.
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