Friday, 24 July 2009

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war accounting

OK, the revised version is perhaps a touch less catchy. Bloomberg reports:
The FASB says it may expand the use of fair-market values on corporate income statements and balance sheets in ways it never has before. Even loans would have to be carried on the balance sheet at fair value, under a preliminary decision reached July 15. The board might decide whether to issue a formal proposal on the matter as soon as next month.
So the Americans are showing some guts. Good on them. This will be an interesting showdown. The FASB, in white hats, are holed up in a one horse town with the evil banker boys coming after them; their old allies, the IASB gang, have abandoned them, and they only have unarmed readers of financial statements supporting them.

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