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Editors: Brian N. Brinker
Book Description:
This book focuses on the events leading up to the Congressional call for a study illustrating the need for identifying and understanding the linkages that exist between fair value accounting standards and the usefulness of information provided by financial institutions. In the months preceding passage of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, some asserted that fair value accounting, along with the accompanying guidance on measuring fair value under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS No. 157), contributed to instability in our financial markets. According to these critics, fair value accounting did so by requiring what some believed were potentially inappropriate write-downs in the value of investments held by financial institutions, most notably due to concerns that such write-downs were the result of inactive, illiquid, or irrational markets that resulted in values that did not reflect the underlying economics of the securities. For many years, accounting standards have required measurement of financial instruments on a financial institution’s balance sheet at fair value. In some cases, for example when securities are actively traded, changes in fair value are required to be recognized in the income statement. This is the specific meaning of “mark-to-market” accounting. However, in most other cases, such changes in fair value are generally reported in other comprehensive income (“OCI”) or equity, and these changes do not flow through to income unless an impairment has occurred.

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Table of Contents:
Commonly-Used Abbreviations
Executive Summary

Chapter 1. Introduction, pp. 1-24

Chapter 2. Effects of Fair Value Accounting Standards on Financial Institutions' Balance Sheets, pp. 25-72

Chapter 3. Impact of Fair Value Accounting on Bank Failures in 2008, pp. 73-108

Chapter 4. Impact of Fair Value Accounting on the Quality of Financial Information Available to Investors, pp. 109-123

Chapter 5. Process Used by the FASB in Developing Accounting Standards, pp. 125-135

Chapter 6. Alternatives to Fair Value Accounting Standards, pp. 137-151

Chapter 7. Advisability and Feasibility of Modifications on Fair Value Accounting, pp. 153-170

Appendix A. Summary of Comment Letters Received as Input to this Study, pp. 171-193

Appendix B. Participants in SEC Roundtables on Fair Value Accounting, pp. 195-198

Appendix C. Illustration of Revised Financial Statement Presentation to Segregate Amounts by Measurement Attributes, as Proposed by CIFIR, pp. 199-200

Appendix D. FASB and FAF Members (2008), pp. 201-231

Index pp.233-243

      Business Economics in a Rapidly-Changing World
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011 - 1st Quarter
   Pages: pp.243
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-994-5
   Status: AV
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