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Top 10 Posts of 2009

As we enter 2010, we thought we'd respond to a suggestion made by one of our readers to provide a Top 10 list of our most popular - and favorite - blog posts in the FEI blog in 2009.

Top 10 FEI blog posts in 2009, by number of pageviews (from #1 to #10):

  1. FASB Issues FAS 166, 167 Amending FAS 140, FIN 46R on Securitizations, SPEs
  2. FASB Releases FAS 165, Subsequent Events
  3. Testimony Posted for Mark-to-Market Hearing; Sen. Dodd Considers 'Breakers,' Niederauer Sees MTM as 'Gas on a Fire'
  4. IASB Releases IFRS 9 - Financial Instruments (Completes 1st Phase of Project: Classification & Measurement)
  5. FAS 166, 167 Putting the Kibosh on Q's Expected This Week; SEC Forms Investor Advisory Committee
  6. SEC's 'Dear CFO' Letter on MD&A Disclosure of Loan Loss Provisions, ALLL
  7. Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA) Picks Up Speed; Madoff Update
  8. FASB Releases 'Plain English' Statement on Fair Value Actions
  9. FASB Issues FSP EITF 99-20-1 on Impairment of Financial Instruments (OTTI)
  10. FASB Stakes Claim on Disclosure of Litigation Contingencies
Top 10 FEI blog posts in 2009 - my personal favorites
Note: I found it difficult to narrow down my 'favorites' to just 10 posts, so I narrowed it down to 10 categories, some with multiple posts. The listings within each category generally represent my favorite posts on that topic in 2009 (with a few non-favorites thrown in to provide historical/chronological context within some of the more detailed categories); however the lists below are not a comprehensive list of all posts we made on any particular topic. (Note: I have excluded from the list a few posts that are among my personal favorites, but relate to holidays or other particular events.) Categories are listed in alphabetical order; posts within categories are generally listed chronologically.

1. Credit Crisis, Financial Regulatory Reform; Related SEC Actions

2. Fair value/mark-to-market accounting; loan loss accounting:

3. International Financial Reporting Standards and Convergence

4. Leadership

5. Legal:

6. Madoff:

7. Private companies:

8. Sarbanes-Oxley, PCAOB, and COSO

9. Social Media:

10. Standard-Setting:

More Lists
We thank one of our blog readers, Prof. David Albrecht, author of The Summa, for his suggestion (received via Twitter) to provide a Top 10 list of our 2009 posts; see his own top 10 list for his blog, in Best of The Summa 2009.

Separately, CFO.com published a number of "Best of..." lists of their 2009 coverage of various topics; see e.g. CFO.com's Best of 2009: Accounting.

[UPDATE: Another great list, which I found when catching up on year-end emails, was the one posted by Bill Sheridan on Dec. 31 in the Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA) blog, CPA Success, entitled, The Mother of All Year-End Lists.]

Looking ahead, (as we noted in our post on Dec. 21), see also FEI President & CEO's List of Top Challenges for Financial Executives in 2010.

It would be intriguing to see other bloggers and writers post top 10 lists of their most popular and/or favorite posts from 2009, and/or their lists of what they anticipate the top challenges for 2010 to be. I encourage other bloggers and writers who publish such lists to post a comment below, linking to their list. We also welcome general feedback from readers; you can post a comment anonymously, or with your name.
Posted: 1/2/2010 12:30:00 PM by Edith Orenstein | with 0 comments


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