Mark-to-market accounting

CPM desks split on whether to reap windfall on hedges

The value of hedge books was hugely volatile during the crisis, forcing loan portfolio managers to think carefully about whether to monetise their gains. Those who chose not to saw windfall profits wiped out in a matter of weeks – but there’s still…

No accounting for tastes

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has been robust in its defence of fair-value accounting, and is now set to ruffle regulatory feathers by proposing the approach be expanded to cover all financial instruments. Risk speaks to the standard-setter’s…

Fudge or fix?

Barclays announced in September it had sold $12.3 billion of credit assets to a newly established fund called Protium Finance. The acquisition was largely financed by a loan from Barclays, meaning the bank has insulated itself against further mark-to…

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