Financial Accounting Information And The Relevance/Irrelevance Issue
Some current research conclude that the numbers in financial statement are not relevant for three basic reasons. The numbers: (1) are not isomorphic1 with capital market values, (2) do not have a future orientation, and (3) are un-interpretable since they are based upon five different measurement attributes. The lack of isomorphism argument is invalid since actual current performance is not identical with the capital market expectations of future performance. The lack of a future orientation argument is invalid since financial statements capture what has happened and not what is expected to happen. Since a single measurement attribute is required to produce meaningful measures, the un-interpretability argument holds. A unique measurement attribute is identified in this paper to address this problem
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