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Procyclicality and Fair Value Accounting

Procyclicality and Fair Value Accounting by Jodi G. Scarlata
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In light of the uncertainties about valuation highlighted by the 2007-2008 market turbulence, this paper provides an empirical examination of the potential procyclicality that fair value accounting (FVA) could introduce in bank balance sheets. The paper finds that, while weaknesses in the FVA methodology may introduce unintended procyclicality, it is still the preferred framework for financial institutions. It concludes that capital buffers, forward-looking provisioning, and more refined disclosures can mitigate the procyclicality of FVA. Going forward, the valuation approaches for accounting, prudential measures, and risk management need to be reconciled and will require adjustments on the part of all parties.
International Monetary Fund; March 2009
42 pages; ISBN 9781452763194
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Title: Procyclicality and Fair Value Accounting
Author: Jodi G. Scarlata; Juan Sole; Alicia Novoa