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Financial Reporting and Financial Crises: The Case for Measuring Financial Instruments at Fair Value in the Financial Statements

13 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2011  

Thomas J. Linsmeier

Financial Accounting Standards Board

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) (2010) proposes that all financial instruments be measured at fair value in the financial statements. This commentary provides one Board member’s reasoning for supporting this proposal, which is based on (1) evidence that the amortized cost model failed to provide timely information about the deteriorating financial condition of failed banks in the current financial crisis, (2) lessons learned from prior financial crises affecting financial institutions in the United States and Japan, and (3) research evidence indicating that fair value measures are most highly correlated with bank’s exposures to interest rate and credit risk – two key risk exposures that have lead to bank failures in the three most recent financial crises.

Suggested Citation

Linsmeier, Thomas J., Financial Reporting and Financial Crises: The Case for Measuring Financial Instruments at Fair Value in the Financial Statements (December 1, 2010). Accounting Horizons, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1775141

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