User Views On The Complex Accounting For Financial Instruments

R.C.W. Tan, Phil Hancock, R. Taplin, G. Tower

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This paper examines Australian and Singaporean users’ views on fair value accounting for all financial instruments in financial institutions via a survey on various aspects of contention in this debate. Overall, users showed general support for fair value accounting for all financial instruments. In addition, the findings revealed that users will support fair value accounting so long as there is no perceived difference between the banking and trading books, fair values of non-traded financial instruments are reliable and volatility in earnings will not be misunderstood. It was also found that user experience increases the level of support for the proposed fair value accounting model. These results highlight actual user preferences with noticeable support for arguments from both sides of the debate (JWG and JWGBA) in this highly contentious and topical area of accounting for financial instruments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-76
JournalInternational Business & Economics Research Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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