The Financial Accounting Standards Board, pressured by U.S. lawmakers and financial companies, voted to relax fair-value rules that Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. say don’t work when markets are inactive.
The changes approved today to fair-value, also known as mark-to-market, allow companies to use “significant” judgment in valuing assets to reduce writedowns on certain investments, including mortgage-backed securities. Accounting analysts say the measure, which can be applied to first-quarter results, may boost banks’ net income by 20 percent or more.
Well, now that banks are all good in perpetuity (or at least until entire asset pools are remarked from par to zero), there goes the need for the PPIP. Hopefully this at least means that Bill Gross and Larry Fink won't make billions compliments of U.S. taxpayers. But don't take my word for it: the head of the world's largest hedge fund voices these very concerns. In fact, Dalio is so disgusted by the insanity in equity markets, rumor is he has moved out of trading equities entirely.