Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Future of Corporate Financial Reporting


There are several trends in technology that point the way to a new era in the field of financial reporting to investors.

The present method – financial statements drawn up in pre-conceived form, according to accepted standards, evolved out of the joint merchant ventures, principally in Italy during the 14th and 15th century. At that time, ships would depart with a load of goods for sale, financed by a group of investors and then when they returned, would split the profits, as reported to them by the accountants keeping records of the revenue, expenses and profits of the venture.

Although financial reporting has changed tremendously over time, (and expanded to include reporting on going concerns, rather than just particular ventures, which has led to some of the most intractable issues in accounting) at some levels, it has changed very little. Financial Reporting still revolves around the financial statements which still involve the profit and loss statement, balance sheet and various notes to enable them to be understood.

More recently, we have begun to see changes arising from inclusion in the reporting process of other forms of data, sometimes quite a variety – financial data points, production data, even environmental data. The idea is that investors can use technologies, including current analytical tools, to analyse the data and gain enough insight to form a basis for their decisions.

This trend has manifested in part through corporate websites, many of which have included in their Investor Relations Section such items as data banks and data tools. There has been some take up on these disclosures, but it has been slow. The tools remain a bit limited for serious analysis.

However, this is changing rapidly with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, which, along with Natural Language Processing, is being used as the core of some new tools for financial analysis. Some are even useful for working with big data, including identifying useful data to analyse. Also, these tools can be used to analyse the massive amounts of data that exist even in conventional annual reports, which extend to hundreds of pages of complex data. Few investors and even serious analysts sit down are diligently read all of these reports anymore; they use tools that draw out what they want. AI fits the bill beautifully.

For the companies doing the reporting, this is a game changer.  Data just needs to be made available and the investors and analysts will do the rest. Financial statements will not be eliminated, they will just be part of the data. In fact, this has already happened. Just look at the IR section of any big public company’s website.

That leads us to a second point. Much of the data now available is not amenable to electronic evaluation. Much of the reporting is still done on the assumption that someone is actually going to read the reports. This is a prime area where reporting has not changed since the 14th century. Perpetuation of the paper-paradigm way of thinking.

The fact is the data being reported needs to be in electronic form. Sometimes just excel spreadsheets will suffice. But this is very limited to numbers and modern reporting is so much more than numbers.

The data needs to be not only electronic but in a standardized form that can be read by other computers using a variety of analytical tools. Throughout most of the world the use of XBRL has been expanding to meet this goal. Canada stands out as one of the few countries that has not done this. The US, China, most other Asian countries, Russia, India, all use XBRL. In 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) will require all European countries to use XBRL for their reporting. Many already do so.

So, in this new world of financial reporting, we have large amounts of structured and unstructured data being reported by companies, key elements of which are in standardized form and AI being used to identify and analyze the pertinent data for particular investor and business decisions. This is the direction of financial reporting. Very different from the 15th century. And the 20th.




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

IFRS Taxonomy FAQ's

With Canadian companies cross listed with the SEC who are Foreign Direct Issuers being required to file in XBRL later this year, there are many questions remaining to be resolved. The SEC website has a number of helpful pages, that provide very useful information. One of the basic ones is the page on FAQ's about the IFRS Taxonomy. It is a good starting point for understanding how the taxonomy fits into the requirement. The XBRL Canada Site will continue to provide useful information and current links to the relevant pages in the SEC website.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Reminder of XBRL Canada Workshop – June 19, 2017, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Reminder of XBRL Canada Workshop – June 19, 2017, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Following is a copy of the original notice, which contains registration and other details.

XBRL Canada Workshop – June 19, 2017, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM  
Filing in XBRL as a Foreign Private Issuer with the SEC 
Location – Offices of CPA Canada 9th floor, 277 Wellington St, Toronto, Ontario

Background - Back in 2009, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a rule (Rule 33-9002) requiring all US domestic and foreign private issuers who submit financial reports using US GAAP or IFRS to the SEC. to provide financial statement information in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language), a format intended to improve the usefulness of the reports to investors. While US GAAP filers have been providing XBRL versions of their reports for many years now, IFRS filers were unable to comply because of the lack of a supported IFRS taxonomy. 

Recent Major Event - In March, the SEC announced support of the IFRS taxonomy, a move that will affect both IFRS filers and US GAAP filers. In this session, you will learn: 
What you will learn -
1. How the SEC's support for the 2016 IFRS Taxonomy means IFRS Filers will be required to provide XBRL, and when.
2. What filers and those that support them need to know about Rule 33-9002, the EDGAR Filer Manual, and other resources to help prepare XBRL files.
3. About Inline XBRL, and plans that may impact all XBRL filers, including experienced US GAAP Filers and new IFRS Filers.

Your Presenter is an internationally known XBRL specialist who has been involved in educating the XBRL community on behalf of XBRL International, XBRL US and XBRL Canada for many years

The Fee  - $50
To Register, click here.






XBRL Canada Workshop on SEC Filing re Foreign Direct Issuers


 
Canadian XBRL Perspectives
Advanced Data Management - From XBRL Canada
 
June 2017
 
XBRL Canada Workshop – June 19, 2017, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM  
Filing in XBRL as a Foreign Private Issuer with the SEC 
Location – Offices of CPA Canada 9th floor, 277 Wellington St, Toronto, Ontario

Background - Back in 2009, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a rule (Rule 33-9002) requiring all US domestic and foreign private issuers who submit financial reports using US GAAP or IFRS to the SEC. to provide financial statement information in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language), a format intended to improve the usefulness of the reports to investors. While US GAAP filers have been providing XBRL versions of their reports for many years now, IFRS filers were unable to comply because of the lack of a supported IFRS taxonomy. 
Recent Major Event - In March, the SEC announced support of the IFRS taxonomy, a move that will affect both IFRS filers and US GAAP filers. In this session, you will learn: 

What you will learn - 
1. How the SEC's support for the 2016 IFRS Taxonomy means IFRS Filers will be required to provide XBRL, and when. 
2. What filers and those that support them need to know about Rule 33-9002, the EDGAR Filer Manual, and other resources to help prepare XBRL files.
3. About Inline XBRL, and plans that may impact all XBRL filers, including experienced US GAAP Filers and new IFRS Filers. 

Your Presenter is an internationally known XBRL specialist who has been involved in educating the XBRL community on behalf of XBRL International, XBRL US and XBRL Canada for many years
 
The Fee  - $50
To Register, click here.
 CPE Credit Given

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Media Advisory: XBRL Canada to Host a Workshop for SEC Reporting Issuers

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - June 6, 2017) - XBRL Canada is pleased to announce that it will be holding a Workshop on June 19, 2017 from 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Offices of CPA Canada 9th floor, 277 Wellington St, Toronto, Ontario.

The Workshop will be geared towards SEC Reporting Issuers and address the SEC announcements on March 1, 2017 regarding XBRL for IFRS Reporting Issuers and the SEC announcement regarding Inline XBRL.
Rule 33-9002 of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires all US domestic and foreign private issuers who submit financial reports using US GAAP or IFRS to the SEC to provide financial statement information in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language). While US GAAP filers have been providing XBRL versions of their reports for many years now, IFRS filers were unable to comply because of the lack of a supported IFRS taxonomy.
In March, 2016, the SEC announced support of the IFRS taxonomy, a move that brings into force the SEC rule for IFRS users.
In this session, you will learn:
  1. How the SEC's support for the 2016 IFRS Taxonomy means IFRS Filers will be required to provide XBRL, and when. 
  2. What filers and those that support them need to know about Rule 33-9002, the EDGAR Filer Manual, and other resources to help prepare XBRL files.
  3. About Inline XBRL, and plans that may impact all XBRL filers, including experienced US GAAP Filers and new IFRS Filers. 
The workshop will be presented by an internationally known XBRL specialist who has been involved in educating the XBRL community on behalf of XBRL International, XBRL US and XBRL Canada for many years.
CPA Credit is available for this event.

To Register for this event, click here or visit http://xbrl.ca/63-slider/176-slide-4

About XBRL Canada
XBRL Canada (www.xbrl.ca)  is the Canadian jurisdiction of XBRL International and largely funded and administered by CPA Canada. The purpose of XBRL Canada is to provide support and encouragement for the adoption of eXtensible Business Reporting Language in Canada. XBRL is widely used around the world and recognized as the leader in advanced electronic business and financial reporting.
To strive towards its goals, XBRL Canada holds seminars and webinars and issues various publications, including its bi-monthly Newsletter. It also leads projects to test and explore XBRL usage in various settings.
For further information, please contact: XBRL Canada, Gerald Trites, Project Director, (416) 602-3931, Email: gtrites@cpacanada.ca