• Public companies urged to focus on effect of new standards on internal controls

    The SEC wants to pay close attention to how the adoption of some of the FASB’s major standards may affect their financial reporting controls in 2018 and beyond. The new revenue standard becomes effective in 2018, and the lease accounting amendments have a 2019 compliance date. Because of the changes to the accounting requirements, public companies and their auditors are expected to face a number of challenges with testing internal controls and ensuring that they are sound.
  • Hedge accounting may gain a fifth benchmark interest rate

    The FASB plans to release in February a proposal to add a fifth benchmark interest rate to the acceptable rates for hedge accounting. The proposed benchmark rate is being considered by the Federal Reserve as an alternative to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), which was tarnished by the 2012 rate-rigging scandal.