Former Chairmen of IASB and FASB share thoughts on convergence

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24 May 2015

On Wednesday 1 April 2015, former IASB Chair Sir David Tweedie and former FASB Chair Robert Herz discussed their vision of 'Accounting Standards for Global Capital Markets: Past, Present, and Future' at Baruch College in New York City. A recording of their exchange has now been made available.

While Mr Herz stated that "I think right now, for good or for bad, in the U.S. we have become very comfortable with the idea that we’ll have U.S. GAAP. If there are things in IFRS that we kind of like or the markets like, maybe we’ll consider adopting those, but there’s no systematic program to further converge at this point", Mr Teedie replied that “You can have international standards without the U.S., but you can’t have global standards without the U.S.”.

Please click to access the recording of the discussion, which lasted about one hour, on the Baruch college website.

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