Corporate disclosure | Exposing exposures: how far will it go?

The Enron debacle has spurred investors and creditors to press for greater disclosure of corporate risk and hedging strategies. Companies are beginning to respond. How far will it go? Naomi Humphries reports

Corporate disclosure of off-balance-sheet vehicles and the use of derivatives has become a hot topic for both investors and creditors in the aftermath of Enron’s bankruptcy. The spotlight on accounting is putting pressure on companies to increase transparency, and those companies that investors believe fall short – even behemoths such as General Electric – have scrambled to revise their accounts.

The credit research team at JP Morgan in London notes that market patience for weaker credits

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