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By Walter P. Schuetze

This quantity, edited via Peter W. Wolnizer, Professor of Accounting on the collage of Sydney, makes to be had the gathered writings of Walter P. Scheutze, a senior accounting practitioner. The articles, speeches and letters accumulated the following probe the main basic difficulties of company monetary reporting, cogently arguing the case for accounting reform and providing well-informed options to those difficulties.

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Despite the fact that the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board have not endorsed MTMA, I have not given up on MTMA. I continue to believe that current market prices of assets and current settlement prices of liabilities are the most relevant information that accountants can provide to investors, as set out in various pieces in this anthology. See, for example, “True north” appearing in Abacus in February 2001, my Chambers Lecture in November 2001, and my US Senate Banking Committee testimony in February 2002.

Only real things can be sold for CASH. ” It is clear that exchangeability (for cash) is the crucial attribute of an asset. e. ” Schuetze developed this line of argument further in a speech delivered at the 20th Annual National Conference on Current SEC Developments in Washington in January 1993, when he was chief accountant to the SEC. ” in Accounting Horizons (1993), was delivered against the background of the SEC promoting mark-to-market accounting for marketable debt and equity securities to the FASB and the financial community.

There was a great sense of camaraderie and a can-do spirit. I signed FASB Statements of Financial Accounting Standards 1–12 and Interpretations 1–9. Statements 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, and 11 dealt with very narrow issues and continue in force today. Statements 1, 8, 9, and 12 have been superseded by subsequent statements. Statement 2, R&D costs, and Statement 5, loss contingencies, were and are broad in scope and application and continue in force today. SCHUETZE: AUTOBIOGRAPHY writing the early standards that were issued by the FASB.

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