We've discussed in the past how the whole debate over expensing options is really much ado about nothing. It's purely an accounting issue, that has almost no real impact on actual cash. Yet, that doesn't make for an interesting news story, and Marketwatch has a story about how the tech world is "bracing" for the impact of having to expense options. Of course, while the article starts out with some scary sounding numbers concerning a few companies' income statements, the rest of the article makes it pretty clear that the impact should be minimal -- as it still doesn't change anything real. It doesn't change how much cash a company has, unless that company decides to go out and buy back shares to prevent dilution (as some firms are doing). However, any serious investor has already taken into account the new rules, and it's unlikely to cause much concern. There will likely be some headlines about a few companies who will go from a profit to a loss over this, but it's all on paper. It remains a story for the press to make a big deal out of, but which should have little real impact on most companies.
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