Short cut to nowhere

The drafting of FAS 133 eight years ago was aimed at cleaning up derivatives accounting. But continued major results restatements in the US indicate the rules are far from perfect. Gareth Gore reports


Don't believe US corporate accounts - at least, it seems, until there's been a chance for companies to restate them due to a realisation they've miscalculated or mistreated derivatives hedges. Eight years on since Financial Accounting Standard 133 (FAS 133) was drafted, and five years since its introduction in 2001, some companies and auditors in the US are still struggling to get to grip with the rules. And it is not just smaller or under-resourced companies that are experiencing problems. In

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