Auditing & Accounting experts foreseen that impairment testing on intangible assets, fixed assets, investments, assets, etc has to be assessed crtically in a detailed basis in the coming year, subsequent to the credit crunch.
The recession has driven the stock prices down, the value of the intangible assets sank accordingly. The recession acts as a trigerring points for the impairment testing.
Hence, the auditors should highlight to the clients that the impairment testings have to be performed earlier ( rather than sometimes near the audit), as the impairment testings required a lot of times. Rigid assessment by auditors are required, given the fact that financial statements users will be using the financial statements more cautiously.