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FASB Eases Mark-To-Market

Today the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) changed FAS 157, providing companies more flexibility in determining the fair value of their investments held. In addition, the FASB also granted companies more flexibility in taking impairment charges on investment losses. The changes will take effect in Q2, though companies will be free to report Q1 under the new rules. Continue reading about how FASB eases mark-to-market.

FASB Eases Mark-To-Market

It will be interesting to follow the impact of these rule changes on those companies most affected by the “toxic assets” on their balance sheet. Will the change enable them to workout their problems or will it mask future poor decision making?

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FASB Eases Mark-To-Market

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Who Is Swimming Naked In Your Back Yard?

Warren Buffet has a saying that goes as follows…

“You never know who is swimming naked until the tide goes out”.

This past week there have been two major businesses who have been exposed as having been “swimming naked”. The major blow up was the investment manager Bernard Madoff, founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investments Securities LLC, to the tune of $50 billion. The other scandal was the lawyer Marc Dreier in New York for $280 million.

Both of these individuals were assumed to be the pillars of their profession and financially secure. In fact, both were big frauds waiting to be exposed. It was only after the financial stress of the past year caught up to them that the world discovered the truth. More to the point the only reason you heard about them is because they were large enough to make it in the Wall Street Journal.

Who Is Swimming Naked In Your Back Yard?

The real question going through your mind should not be about what they did or how they did it. But, instead you should be asking yourself is either:

Who in your community is doing the same thing or something similar?

Or who is swimming naked in your business community?

Often, what we see of people or businesses is only surface deep. I have know several individuals and companies over the years who appear successful on the surface but in reality they don’t have the financial strength to weather a shock to their systems. As this recession takes hold across the country we are going to see who has been fiscally conservative and who has been living on the edge.

As a business owner or CFO you need to be concerned about which receivable is going to be uncollectible. You can rest assured that somewhere in your accounts receivable ledger there is a bad debt that has not been exposed. Now is the time to tighten up your underwriting requirements and collect your old receivables.

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