Current Practices and Challenges in Auditing Fair Value Measurements and Complex Estimates: Implications for Auditing Standards and the Academy
Glover, S. M., M. H. Taylor, and Y. Wu. 2016. Current Practices and Challenges in Auditing Fair Value Measurements and Complex Estimates: Implications for Auditing Standards and the Academy. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Forthcoming
Posted: 29 Oct 2014 Last revised: 26 May 2016
Date Written: May 25, 2016
Auditing fair value measurements and other complex estimates (hereafter FVMs) has received significant attention from regulators, practitioners and researchers. Using a survey, we gather data from audit partners with FVMs expertise to gain further insights in areas that have not been fully explored in the previous literature. Specifically, we extend the literature by providing a deeper understanding of the following areas: auditors’ use of different substantive approaches to test higher risk FVMs, auditors’ use of pricing services and valuation specialists, and how challenges differ when auditing financial vs. nonfinancial FVMs. In doing so, our findings and analyses extend prior research and coalesce pieces of several prior studies on auditing FVMs to provide a more complete picture of current auditing practices and challenges encountered by auditors. Our study provides insights useful in reconciling seemingly inconsistent findings in previous studies and provides important implications for future research, regulation and standards setting.
Keywords: Auditing fair value measurements and other complex estimates; pricing services; valuation specialists; financial fair value measurements; nonfinancial fair value measurements
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