American Accounting Association

A&A

Studies Make a Case for Engagement Partner Identification

The three research studies examine whether knowing the name of the engagement partner leading an auditing effort is valuable to investors and whether being required to provide this information enhances the performance of engagement partners.
A&A

Study: Women Improve Quality of Corporate Accounting; Mandating Board Gender Quotas Does Not

Are women better equipped than men to oversee corporate finances? Several recent studies in "Accounting Horizons," published by the American Accounting Association, have suggested as much.
Education & Careers

Scholars Receive American Accounting Association Award

This January, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) announced the recipients of the American Accounting Association's (AAA) Greatest Potential Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award for 2012.
A&A

Accounting Tool Keeps Billions in Profits Overseas

New research found that an obscure accounting tool gives US companies the option of omitting from their financial statements, except in footnotes, that any taxes at all are owed to the IRS on profits made by their foreign subsidiaries.
A&A

M&A: Restatements Likely with Mergers and Acquisitions

With the coffers of many companies bulging with cash, an upsurge in corporate mergers and acquisitions could easily be in the offing.
A&A

Study Shows Benefits of Shareholder Involvement in Auditor Selection

In December 2011, the SEC gave GE, Alcoa, and others leave to exclude from their 2012 annual meetings the proposals of shareholders calling for rotation of the companies' external auditors. This was counter to a decades-old rule excluding from proxy materials proposals that will affect firms' "ordinary business."
A&A

AAA Warns: Watch Your Language on Earnings Reports

Last month, when a pension fund owning stock in Bank of New York Mellon brought suit against that financial behemoth, the fund not only took aim at the bank's allegedly fraudulent currency trading, but it cited a variety of upbeat claims in its SEC filings that the plaintiff considered highly doubtful.