SEC chairman backs international accounting standards

‘The meltdown in the markets is simply not an American contagion,’
Christopher Cox said, according to WebCPA, the business newswire. ‘There are
real estate bubbles all over the world. Last year Spain built more houses than
Britain, France and Germany combined.’

Cox, speaking at a Financial Executives International Conference in New York,
also called for company financial reporting to become more transparent. He said
that the move to international financial reporting standards and web-based
interactive data tagging of information in company accounts would help investors
compare the performance of companies.

‘With transparency, investors can more easily compare and weigh investment
opportunities,’ he said. ‘Two-thirds of American investors own foreign

He added that accounting rules should be made in the interests of investors.
‘International accounting standards must promote clarity and comparability,’ he

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