Point of view: Financial statement disclosures - Enhancing their clarity and understandability

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Point of view 04/11/2014 by Assurance services
Point of view: Financial statement disclosures - Enhancing their clarity and understandability

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Preparers and others have a role in making sure footnote disclosures are clear and understandable.

Preparers can take actions today to make sure they are preparing clear and understandable disclosures based on the facts and circumstances.  Other capital market participants also have a role to play by encouraging disclosure of only important, relevant information.  Within established rules and legal requirements, exercising well-reasoned judgment to determine relevant disclosures should streamline financial statement presentation and provide users with the information that is most important for decision making.  Organization, formatting and cross-referencing also can enhance navigation within the financial statements.