One (and possibly the only) positive result of the financial crisis is that market value accounting has been brought to the public's attention.Unfortunately, most discussions of this issue have generated much more heat than light. For instance, we've noted that many who criticize value-based accounting don't begin to understand its advantages over other asset and liability measures. We want to explain the theory behind it, which is how we came to be convinced that all the trouble of switching to values will be worthwhile. This perspective has helped us see that most criticisms of market value are transparent attempts to deflect blame away from managers who made poor investment decisions.
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