As investors and regulators increasingly question the role of fair value measurements and mark-to-market accounting in contributing to the global economic downturn, a group of speakers weighed in at a panel discussion sponsored by the CFA Institute Centre for Financial Market Integrity.

Jeffrey Diermeier, president and CEO of the CFA Institute, posed a question to the members of the institute recently asking whether fair value requirements are aggravating the global credit crisis. Fifty-five percent of 2,006 respondents said yes, while 45 percent said no.

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