Toward a Transparent Financial System

Vikram Pandit writes in today’s WSJ:

In recent dysfunctional markets, we have seen different accounting standards applied that were based on an institution’s form and regulatory jurisdiction. Accounting based on a mark-to-model has been severely tested by unobservable inputs intended to estimate the market. This has fed into difficult, far-reaching decisions that impacted capital and other factors as one misinformed trade set off a chain of similar trades. This raises an important question: Are there alternative accounting approaches we should apply, particularly in dysfunctional markets?

Posted by on June 27th, 2008 at 11:40 am

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