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Is There a Future for Fair Value Accounting After the 2008–2009 Financial Crisis?

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  • Bikki Jaggi

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    (Rutgers Business School, Piscataway-NJ 08854, USA)

  • James P. Winder

    ()
    (Rutgers Business School, Piscataway-NJ 08854, USA)

  • Cheng-Few Lee

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    (Rutgers Business School, Piscataway-NJ 08854, USA)

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    This paper evaluates the role of fair value accounting in recent financial crisis, and examines whether the call for its demise is justified. Critics argue that fair accounting regulation added to the volatility in financial markets and aggravated financial crisis. On the other hand, supporters of this regulation argue that fair value accounting has been the victim of the recent financial crisis. They believe that this regulation is important for providing transparent, reliable, and accurate information on asset values to investors.After evaluating the impact of fair value accounting regulation on financial crisis, we examine negative and positive aspects of this regulation. Our discussion shows that fair value accounting provides useful information during stable market conditions, but its usefulness may become questionable during unstable and volatile financial markets. Overall, this regulation has the support of financial professional bodies. Some professionals are, however, concerned about recent modification to the fair value accounting rule, i.e., FAS 157-4, because this modification may not enhance reliability and accuracy of financial information. Despite recent modification, discussion on fair value accounting is far from over. Critics of the regulation still believe that this regulation should be eliminated, but the positive aspects of this regulation support its continuation.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 469-493

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    Keywords: Financial crisis; fair value accounting; mark-to-market valuation; FAS 157-4; asset valuation; financial assets;

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