[OPE] Mark-to-market redux

From: Jurriaan Bendien <adsl675281@telfort.nl>
Date: Fri Apr 03 2009 - 15:32:09 EDT

US suspends mark-to-market rules on bank assets
By Stephen Foley in New York
Friday, 3 April 2009

(...) The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted yesterday to let banks ignore market prices for assets if they judge the market is illiquid and that the most recent sales are being done at firesale prices by distressed sellers. There will also be changes to allow banks to book smaller losses on impaired assets that are available for sale, which could take extra pressure off many of the biggest banks in the US. (...)
The FASB was acting under pressure from Congress, which said it may legislate if the board did not ease the rules. (...) The issue is at the root of the problems facing banks over trillions of dollars of mortgage-related assets, many of which have not traded for 18 months. As mortgage arrears have ballooned, investors have fled the market and those who want to buy them are not keen to pay top dollar. The few early trades, at low valuations, forced all the banks holding similar assets to write off more than half a trillion dollars, sending several large players to the point of insolvency. Since then, banks have refused to accept dramatically lower prices, believing their losses will be less if they hold the assets until all the underlying mortgages have been paid back. The stalemate, though, has led to frozen credit markets. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/us-suspends-marktomarket-rules-on-bank-assets-1661117.html

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