Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Reality abandoned

Voltron says: the SEC is proposing to eliminate mark-to-market accounting and officially replace it with mark-to-fantasy

"Suspending mark-to-market accounting, in essence, suspends reality."
Beth Brooke, global vice chair at Ernst & Young LLP, WSJ, Sept 30, 2008

"Blaming fair-value accounting for the credit crisis is a lot like going to a doctor for a diagnosis and then blaming him for telling you that you are sick."
analyst Dane Mott, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bloomberg

"Suspending the mark-to-market prices is the most irresponsible thing to do. Accounting does not make corporate earnings or balance sheets more volatile. Accounting just increases the transparency of volatility in earnings."
Diane Garnick, Invesco Ltd., Bloomberg

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