Importance of Disclosure Requirements Issued by Securities Exchange Commission, and their Adequacy for Serving Users of Financial Statements

M. H. Abu-Nassar, A. A. Al-Thnaibat

Abstract


The study aimed at investigating the importance of disclosure requirements related to the periodic financial statements of the Jordanian public share-holding companies, issued by the Securities Exchange Commission for the year 1998, and their adequacy for serving the users of the financial statements. The study concentrated on the views of the external auditors, the responsibles for preparing the financial statements and the investors.
To achieve the objectives of the study, a questionnaire was designed and administered to samples of the three groups. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Kruskal- test and Mann-Whitney test.
The findings of the study showed that- from the point of view of all groups- all disclosure requirements are of medium to high importance. It appears from the study that there is a consensus among the three groups concerning the importance and adequacy of most of the disclosure requirements, and there are some differences related to some of the requirements. The findings of the study also showed that the disclosure requirements help improve the process of decision making because the size and quality of disclosure were enhanced as a result of the new regulations. The study concluded by recommending the Securities Exchange Commission to take the views of the financial statements users into consideration when introducing new regulations or disclosure requirements.

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