Comparability of Accounting Choices in Investment Properties of BM&FBOVESPA and NYSE Listed Companies

Reiner Alves Botinha, Sirlei Lemes

Abstract


This research aimed to identify the consequence of the accounting choices made by public companies managers listed on the NYSE and the BM&FBOVESPA, in relation to the subsequent measurement of investment properties, through identifying the comparability degree of financial reports from the year 2013. The degree of comparability was calculated using the T index Taplin. In this paper, it was observed that, in a more conservative way, to both stock exchanges, there was increased use of the cost method for the sample companies. Even with the existence of accounting choices, it is considered that there is comparability between accounting practices in the recognition of investment property from the companies listed on the BM&FBOVESPA and NYSE. However, the degree of comparability was presented low for the international comparability and in the medium, near the lower limit for comparability per stock exchange. A curious fact is the presentation of a greater degree of comparability for the companies listed on the BM&FBOVESPA in relation to listed on the NYSE, which is a more developed capital market. In the analysis of the comparability by sector, it was observed a medium degree close to the upper limit. It has also been inferred the low comparability degrees identified may be related to the different choices made by the companies regarding the measurement methods.

Keywords


Comparability; Accounting Choices; Investment Propertie; T Index

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