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Accounting Month-End Close Checklist and Best Practices

Clancy Fossum . March 07, 2019

Take a stroll through your accounting department as the end of the month approaches and you might just notice a palpable tension in the air. Pulses quicken, patience shortens, and pupils dilate as your highly qualified team dives into yet another...

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Tagged: accounting tips

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Embarkers on Why the Dallas Business Journal Chose Paul for Its Network 200

Sarah Rentfro . March 05, 2019

Effective leadership shapeshifts to the environment. Sometimes it’s straight out of a sports movie, an inspirational routine to rally the troops. Other times, leadership occupies a more fire and brimstone aura, intense and piercing to drive home...

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Tagged: company culture

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Lease Classification with Multiple Lease Components

Clancy Fossum . February 28, 2019

Leases come in all shapes and sizes. Some are as plain vanilla as, well, vanilla. Others have many moving parts and lease assets, making them more complex and requiring additional attention and care to avoid angering the accounting gods. And as...

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Tagged: Leases, Lease Accounting

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The Differences Between an AICPA Audit and PCAOB Audit

Clancy Fossum . February 26, 2019

Chocolate chip cookies might look like their oatmeal raisin cousins from ten feet or so, but your taste buds will always beg to differ. Things that look, sound, or even act the same often have significant differences between the margins....

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Tagged: financial audit, PCAOB, AICPA

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Preparing For The Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL)

Clancy Fossum . February 21, 2019

Accountants can’t afford to let their collective guard down these days. They need to have eagle eyes perched atop a perpetually swiveling neck to navigate the steady stream of changes rolling downhill from Mt. FASB. And as if the changes to ...

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Tagged: commercial banking, CECL

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Critical Audit Matters and The Impact on PCAOB Audit Opinion

Clancy Fossum . February 19, 2019

You could look at auditing as a process or function that is immobile and inflexible. But you’d be wrong. The truth is, auditing is as dynamic as the organization’s it helps provide focus and boundaries for. To prove our point, Embark looks...

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Tagged: financial audit, PCAOB

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Why PCAOB’s Critical Audit Matters… Matter

Clancy Fossum . February 14, 2019

Embark prides itself at being on the forefront of change in an industry too often view as static and inflexible. As anyone on the frontlines of accounting, finance, or auditing will tell you, our industry is evolving at a rapid clip, so rapid...

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Tagged: financial audit, PCAOB

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Cyber Risk Management in CRE Balances Risk and Reward

Erick De La Fuente . February 12, 2019

Every organization needs to constantly weigh growth versus risk, trying to find the ideal balance to make everyone happy. Granted, in a dynamic environment such as commercial real estate, there’s rarely, if ever, a single solution that can...

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Tagged: real estate, cybersecurity

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3 Technologies To Utilize In Real Estate Finance & Accounting

Erick De La Fuente . February 07, 2019

The commercial real estate (CRE) industry is making strides to join other sectors that thrive on innovation. At its heart, CRE strives to be a digitized, efficient marvel that feasts on bigger and better servings of data-rich meals, particularly...

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Tagged: real estate, digital transformation

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New ASC 842 Lease Accounting Standards, Debt Covenants, and You

Clancy Fossum . February 05, 2019

Believe it or not, the new lease accounting standards are not unlike those pesky word problems you used to loathe in high school algebra. If you’ll recall, the more complex of those word problems required you to read each and every word...

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Tagged: Lease Accounting, ASC 842, debt agreements

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