One of my favorite reads of all time is Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead,” which, from its unique opening phrase of “Howard Roark laughed” to its ending paragraph, runs a voluminous 752 pages.

Along the same lengthy lines, it was brought to the attention of a House subcommittee last week that the current standard of accounting for derivative instruments and hedging from the Financial Accounting Standards Board is nearly 800 pages.

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