Procyclicality and Fair Value Accounting

Author/Editor:

Jodi G. Scarlata ; Juan Sole ; Alicia Novoa

Publication Date:

March 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

In light of the uncertainties about valuation highlighted by the 2007-2008 market turbulence, this paper provides an empirical examination of the potential procyclicality that fair value accounting (FVA) could introduce in bank balance sheets. The paper finds that, while weaknesses in the FVA methodology may introduce unintended procyclicality, it is still the preferred framework for financial institutions. It concludes that capital buffers, forward-looking provisioning, and more refined disclosures can mitigate the procyclicality of FVA. Going forward, the valuation approaches for accounting, prudential measures, and risk management need to be reconciled and will require adjustments on the part of all parties.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/39

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451871876/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009039

Format:

Paper

Pages:

42

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