Fair Value and Financial Instruments

Authored by: Andrew Spooner

The Routledge Companion to Fair Value and Financial Reporting

Print publication date:  May  2007
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415423564
eBook ISBN: 9780203815151
Adobe ISBN: 9781136713101


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Accounting models ten years ago were generally bereft of specific guidance for recognizing and measuring financial instruments. Most GAAPs were capable of providing some guidance for accounting for borrowings, but were light on guidance in areas where financial instruments were considered to be more esoteric, particularly derivatives. In most instances, accounting practice developed through application in specific industries, either through industry standards or statements of recommended practice, so that certain industries, particularly the financial services industry, and other similar industries, such as commodity trading, applied a consistent methodology.

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