By Janek Ratnatunga
In today’s economy, both large shareholder investment groups and ordinary (retail) shareholders depend of the information provided in the audited financial statements for managing their portfolios. The problem is that Audited Financial Reports, that have not changed in their presentation format, or in their method of delivery, since the dawn of the industrial era or the age of the corporation (about 1850) when tangible assets such as land and machinery were the engines of growth. As a result, the Balance Sheet still shows that it is mainly these tangible ‘non-current’ assets’ that drive business value.
This paper discusses an innovative approach to the presentation of financial statements that would be truly disruptive to the traditional account preparation and the audit functions, using the power of the technologies we have at our disposal today to show the true value of today’s companies.Content reserved for CMA Australia members. Please log in to see the content. Your Username is your email address registered with CMA Australia. Your Password is you Member Id Number which starts from either MID/CID. This is printed on your certificate/renewal notice/invoice. You are required to input the full Id including MID/CID. User Name:_________________________ (your email address; e.g. email@example.com)Password: __________________________(your CID or MID number without spaces. e.g CID-003015)If you are having problems, members are requested to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get log in details.