Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
Footnotes [to financial statements] also contain disclosures relating to contingent losses. Firms are required to accrue a loss (recognize a balance sheet liability) when both of the following conditions are met:
  • It is probable that assets have been impaired or a liability has been incurred.
  • The amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated.
If the loss amount lies within a range, the most likely amount should be accrued. When no amount in the range is a better estimate, the firm may report the minimum amount in the range.
SFAS (Statement of Financial Accounting Standards) 5 defines probable events are those "more likely than not" to occur, suggesting that a probability of more than 50% requires recognition of a loss. However, in practice, firms generally report contingencies as losses only when the probability of loss is significantly higher.
Footnote disclosure of (unrecognized) loss contingencies is required when it is reasonable possible (more than remote but less than probable) that a loss has been incurred or when it is probable that a loss has occurred but the amount cannot be reasonably estimated. The standard provides an extensive discussion of loss contingencies.
(Gah)

Economics is politics by other means
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 21st, 2011 at 01:46:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
SFAS (Statement of Financial Accounting Standards) 5 defines probable events are those "more likely than not" to occur, suggesting that a probability of more than 50% requires recognition of a loss. However, in practice, firms generally report contingencies as losses only when the probability of loss is significantly higher.

Translation: Firms generally report contingencies as losses when irrefutable evidence of a loss has made its way into the public domain and can no longer be obfuscated by contrary pronouncements and obsfuscation -- if then.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 21st, 2011 at 08:34:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Top Diaries

VDL: You Will Be Inoculated!

by Oui - Jun 11
2 comments

The Sciences of the Artificial

by Cat - May 30
19 comments

City Agriculture - May 23, 2024

by gmoke - May 23
3 comments

Occasional Series