RegulationAccounting StandardsSwiss Holdings chief lambasts IFRS

Swiss Holdings chief lambasts IFRS

The International Accounting Standards Board recent approach led to 'financial reporting that is not reflecting business reality in many areas - Baumgartner

Swiss Holdings director Peter Baumgartner has launched a scathing attack on
IFRS and the standard setters who created the accounting rules, calling for it’s
oversight body to redirect it’s efforts.

Baumgartner said the International Accounting Standards Board recent approach
led to ‘financial reporting that is not reflecting business reality in many
areas.’

‘Particularly perturbing is that it is not properly prioritising the
practical information needs of investors and analysts, the ultimate users of
published financial statements.

‘SwissHoldings, a business organisation, with some of its 46 multinational
member companies among the first IFRS preparers, hopes that the International
Accounting Standards Committee Foundation’s current review will find a way to
redirect the IASB’s efforts better to address the concerns of the business
community. The benefits of globally accepted IFRS will be reaped only if
accounting follows business,’ Baumgartner said.

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