On Pooling


“Everyone Out of the Pool,” (JofA, May00, page 45) lists several reasons the FASB has for eliminating pooling-of-interests accounting: less information, value disregards, financial statement user comparison difficulties and earnings distortions.

Much larger distortions, value disregards and comparison problems occur on a purchase transaction when historical (old) values are combined with fair market (new) values. The financial statement user has far less reliable information than when a pooling combines the historical values of two entities.

Frank Thomas Murphy, CPA
Glendale, California


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