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New IFAC Guidance Supports Professional Accountants in Business in Promoting Better Investment Decisions

Jun 6, 2008 | New York | English

Recognizing that professional accountants in business play an important role in helping their organizations deliver long-term value, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee has released new guidance on the use of discounted cash flow analysis and net present value in evaluating investments. Entitled Project Appraisal Using Discounted Cash Flow, this guidance was released as part of the PAIB Committee's new program to develop International Good Practice Guidance on financial and management accounting topics.

Discounted cash flow analysis and estimating the net present value of cash flows involve fundamental principles of finance that support disciplined financial management in organizations. Professional accountants in business have a role in promoting and explaining the importance of these principles in their organizations, particularly where the connections between the application of financial principles and related financial theory are not easily understood or accepted.

"This new guidance will help professional accountants in business to promote the importance of generating long-term value in their organizations," states Edward Chow, Chair of the PAIB Committee. "Professional accountants have a significant role in ensuring that their organizations focus on decisions that maximize expected value, rather than on their short-term impact on reported earnings. Companies with good records of value creation generally have better shareholder and investor acceptance."

Final Preface to International Good Practice Guidance
Together with the guidance, the PAIB Committee has released the final Preface to IFAC's International Good Practice Guidance. The Preface sets out the scope, purpose, and due process of the committee's new International Good Practice Guidance, which cover management accounting, financial management, and broader topics in which professional accountants in business are engaged.

Project Appraisal Using Discounted Cash Flow and the Preface is available on the IFAC website.

About IFAC
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 123 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. Through its independent standard-setting boards, IFAC sets international standards on ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting. Through its Professional Accountants in Business Committee, IFAC issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business.