Point of View is a forum for opinions and thoughts from XBRL US and the XBRL community about business, industry, finance, regulation and legislation, where data standards can play a role. We welcome your feedback on the XBRL point of view.

global standards for global investors

Ahmed Algamal, CPA, CA, IFRS XBRL Consultant, and Bethany Moll, XBRL Operations Planning & Strategy, both of DFIN

Hear their views on how foreign private issuers are handling the move to greater standardization in a global marketplace.

June 20

Standards to improve surety bond claims processing

David Hartman, Director, Analytics, IFIC Surety, and Michelle Savage, VP Communication, XBRL US

When a project is bonded, the surety must be prepared to answer the call in the event subcontractors or vendors are not paid or project performance is not up to snuff. Data standards can ease that process for the principal, the obligee, and the surety.

Should blockchain or AI replace XBRL?

Mohini Singh, Director of Financial Reporting, CFA Institute, and Campbell Pryde, President and CEO, XBRL US

Both blockchain and AI have been suggested as technologies that should be considered instead of the XBRL data standard. But what are they, really? Can a technology replace a standard? Or is XBRL complementary to AI and blockchain?

Can you name the top 10 filings in 2017?

Campbell Pryde, President and CEO, XBRL US
Conducting simple queries, like identifying the filings that contain the most reported facts, used to be extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive to perform. Today, the availability of structured, machine-readable (XBRL) data and the XBRL API makes getting answers – using simple or complex queries – EASY.

The right tools for when it absolutely, positively, has to be done right.

Ami Beers, Director — Assurance and Advisory Services, Corporate Reporting, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA); Member, XBRL US Data Quality Committee

Preparing a perfect turkey is critical for a successful Thanksgiving. Preparing quarterly financial statements is another activity where “getting it right” is critical. The risk of mistakes has significant downsides, ranging from SEC sanction to negatively affecting your company stock price.