Europe delays fair value adoption

European banks will have to wait to adopt a new contentious accounting rule
released yesterday in the wake of the crisis, which banks fear will make them

European finance ministers have spent the past twelve months piling pressure
on the International Accounting Standards Board to hasten the release of a new
accounting rule to value and measure assets.

Yesterday’s release of the new standard was met with delays from Brussels
which will study the new standard before it considers adoption,
Financial Times

The move has angered banks which fear they will be put at a “competitive
disadvantage” if they are not able to start using the new rule.

The rule, based on the “fair value” principle, forces listed companies around
the world to measure their assets at market prices.

The principle was criticised during the crisis as banks valued their
financial instruments at depressed prices in stagnant markets.

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