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Principles for the Application of Fair Value Accounting

Publication type: Working paper

Research Archive Topic: Accounting


This paper, the second in CEASA's White Paper series on accounting issues, lays out principles under which fair value accounting satisfies the objective of reporting to shareholders. Its "principles-based" approach embraces broad economic concepts but is also pragmatic and specific enough to guide practice. Accordingly, the pros and cons of fair valuing bank loans, core deposits, inventories, investments in subsidiaries, insurance contracts, performance obligations, and debt, to name a few balance sheet items, are addressed, leading to formal financial statement templates for the application of fair value accounting in specific industries.
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Penman, Stephen, and Doron Nissim. "Principles for the Application of Fair Value Accounting." CEASA White Paper Series, Columbia Business School, July 2008.

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