ThinkTWENTY20 Newsletter

ThinkTWENTY20 Newsletter

September – October, 2019

The Fall issue was released in September. Here are some of the highlights:

• Making Auditing Standards Fit-for-Purpose in a High-Tech World

By Gregory Shields, CPA

Auditing standards urgently need to change, both to reflect the significant use of technology in business and to promote the use of automated audit procedures, including data analytics.

• Enhancing Relevance: Shaping the Future of Corporate Reporting

By Alan Willis, FCPA, FCA

Financial statements alone cannot provide the information necessary for stakeholder assessment of enterprise performance.

• Data Privacy and Confidentiality An Ethical Primer for Professional Accountants in Business and Private Practice

By Eric E. Cohen, CPA

What impact might emerging accounting and audit technologies have on a practitioner’s ethical responsibilities for data confidentiality and privacy?

• How to Succeed in Business in a Disruptive World

By Gundi Jeffrey, Managing Editor, ThinkTWENTY20

There are ten major political, social, environmental and technological transformations that will have profound implications for Canada’s business community and those who serve it.

• Advanced Technologies in Financial Accounting

By Gerald Trites, FCA, FCPA, CISA

The Internet of Things is pervading the supply chains of business and creates a high volume of data

• Book Review of Meltdown - Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, by Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik (Penguin Books, 2019). 

By Jonathan Andrews, CPA

Meltdown is both entertaining and instructive, particularly for those with an interest in risk and risk mitigation.  


The following news Items have been posted for the period August 15 – September 15

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• Sept 27, 2019 - IASB Amends IFRS Standards in Response to the IBOR Reform

• Sept 27, 2019 - Tentative FASB Decisions

• Sept 19, 2019 - SEC Charges Silicon Valley-based Issuer With Misleading Disclosure Violations

• Sept 17, 2019 - FASB Proposes Guidance to Assist in Transition Away From Interbank Offered Rates to New Reference Rates

• Sept 17, 2019 - FASB Issues Revised Pproposal to Improve Balance Sheet Debt Classification

• Sept 12, 2019 - Statement on Status of the Consolidated Audit Trail

• Aug 29, 2019 - SEC Charges Brixmor Property Group Inc and Former Senior Executives With Accounting Fraud

• Aug 24, 2019 - Tentative FASB Decisions July 31, 2019

• Aug 24, 2019 - PCAOB Staff Provides Guidance for New Requirements on Auditing Estimates Auditor's Use of the Work of Specialists

• Aug 16, 2019 - SEC Proposes to Modernize Disclosures of Business Legal Proceedings and Risk Factors Under Regulation S-K


Clarifying Auditor Coverage and Connecting for Context: Data Level Assurance

When XBRL was in its infancy, much of my attention was spent trying to improve the intersection between the auditor’s report and management’s financial statement.

Oh. the Places We’ll Go!

Dr. Seuss’s last book, on life’s journey and challenges, inspires the headline of this blog entry. As I last wrote on looking back on the twenty years since the FASB and IASC efforts to document the current state of Internet-based reporting and perhaps guess where the Internet might take corporate reporting, I also had time to think back on twenty years of XBRL.The Forum


Look to Corporations for Action on Climate Change

A recent CEO Study on Sustainability, “The Decade to Deliver: A Call to Business Action”, conducted by the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture Strategy, involved obtaining the views of more than 1,000 top executives across 21 industries and 99 countries. The study shows some major change in the way corporate executives think about climate change and sustainability.- 27 September 2019 

Disaster Recovery in the Age of Cloud and Edge Computing

Most companies are now running apps in the cloud and many are engaging in technology uses like Internet of Things (IoT), which calls for the installation of many computing services on the edge of the organization. The spreading out of computing services means that the IT department has less control and sometimes no control over the widespread resources in the organization. - 18 September 2019 

Coming soon – Our Winter Issue