The Securities and Exchange Commission has released its congressionally mandated report on mark-to-market accounting, calling for improvements in the standards, but not their suspension. The 211-page report's recommended improvements include reconsidering the accounting for impairments and the development of more guidance for determining the fair value of investments in situations where market prices are not readily available.The report noted that investors generally believe that fair value accounting increases reporting transparency and facilitates better investment decision-making. It also indicates that fair value accounting did not appear to play a meaningful role in the bank failures in 2008.

The report is available on the SEC's Web site.

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