RegulationAccounting StandardsMarkets need more information: Herz

Markets need more information: Herz

FASB chief said increased transperency could avoid another crisis

The head of the US accounting rule maker believes greater transparency is
needed to head off another possible crisis.

Robert Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB),
told
The
Nashville Business Journal
more information should be made available to
investors.

“(Information) is the oxygen of capitalism,” Herz said. “When you pollute
that information,there are always bad consequences.”

FASB is currently examining a new fair value proposal – the accounting
principle blamed for exaggerating the effects of the credit crunch by forcing
companies to value financial assets in stagnant markets.

The FASB approach would result in all assets valued at fair value, in
contrast to the international approach where banks loan books would be exempt.

Read the full
story:Bob
Herz of FASB: Transparency needed to avoid another crash

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