Comprehensive Income: Evidence on the Effectiveness of FAS 130
Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics
affiliation not provided to SSRN
March 23, 2004
The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 228-232, March 2004
Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 130 (FAS 130) "Reporting Comprehensive Income" requires all publicly traded companies to include a Statement of Comprehensive Income in their set of basic financial statements. As Comprehensive Income items have previously been disclosed in various parts of the financial statements, listing these items in statement form provides no information that has not already been available. Therefore, if markets are efficient, the disclosures required by FAS 130 should not affect firm value. The purpose of this paper is to provide empirical evidence of the usefulness of CI disclosures as required by FAS 130. In this study, we examine data for firms in periods immediately before and after enactment of FAS 130 rules. We find that there is no difference in the market's valuation of comprehensive income adjustments before and after the implementation of FAS 130. This is consistent with the efficient markets hypothesis in that there is no change in the way the market values the information due solely to the placement of the disclosure. Unless other benefits of FAS 130 can be shown, this statement appears to require additional information without a commensurate payback.
Keywords: Comprehensive Income, FAS 130, Recognition, Disclosure
JEL Classification: M15, M41, O14Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 26, 2009
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