Bournemouth professor takes swipe at IASB chairman

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) chairman has been
lambasted by a Bournemouth University professor who claims the “the taxpayer and
the shareholders picked up the price of the IASB’s reckless accounting model”.

Professor Stella Fearnley has used
letter in the Financial Times
to attack IASB chairman, Sir David
Tweedie, and the accounting standards contributed to the crisis.

was responding to a previous story
, takes aim at the IASB’s new impairment
proposals, which proposes an expected-loss model of loan provisioning.

“Sir David refers to moving from an incurred loss model for loan loss
provisioning (providing only against cases that have already defaulted) to
expected loss (prudently providing against the inherent risk in the loan
portfolio), and suggests that expected loss provisioning is not the job of
accounting but of regulators,” she said.

“This is extraordinary, as expected loss used to be normal prudent practice
before the IASB did away with the principle of prudence.

She also criticises the IASB’s convergence project, which aims to harmonise
significant US and International accounting rules by June 2011.

“I cannot understand why anyone would wish to converge with a US accounting
model that has both spawned and exported two major financial crises in the space
of eight years,” she said.

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