How much is that comma worth? How about £3.5 million?

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Ever get frustrated with attorneys who fuss over precise contract wording?  They do it for good reason:  In negotiating and drafting agreements, millions can be won or lost by the placement of commas or parentheses.   Chartbrook v. Persimmon Homes, decided July 1, 2009 by the British House of Lords,* vividly illustrates the principle that a […]

Not even WSJ reporters get FASB accounting standards. Why write more of them?

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For an eloquent illustration of how accounting innovations like FAS 157’s “fair value” regime are way beyond even above-average American financial readers, try Michael Rapoport’s May 1, 2009 article entitled New FASB Rule Aims to Clarify ‘Net Income’. Rapoport, trying to capture the meaning of the new SFAS No. 160, stumbles over one of the […]

Comments on FASB’s fair value amendment reflect FAS 157 distress

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Lenders have been hammered by the pathologically procyclical impact of FAS 157’s mark-to-market regime.  Hardly surprising, therefore, that banks and credit unions came out in force to support the latest FASB “clarification” of FAS 157.  Some other commenters, mostly from the “analyst” community, emphatically disagree.