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Recent accounting standard update clarifies and adds guidance to troubled debt restructurings

Although some believe the changes could lead to more loans reported as troubled debt restructurings, the update?s purpose is to explain and expand on previous guidance.
Central Banker , Issue Fall

Working Paper
Accounting for non-annuitization

Why don't people buy annuities? Several explanations have been provided by the previous literature: large fraction of preannuitized wealth in retirees' portfolios; adverse selection; bequest motives; and medical expense uncertainty. This paper uses a quantitative model to assess the importance of these impediments to annuitization and also studies three newer explanations: government safety net in terms of means-tested transfers; illiquidity of housing wealth; and restrictions on minimum amount of investment in annuities. This paper shows that quantitatively the last three explanations play a ...
Working Paper Series , Paper WP-2010-03

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How should banks account for loan losses?

The agencies that regulate banks are involved in an ongoing debate about the appropriate way for banks and other lenders to account for default risk on loans. Accounting authorities are concerned with whether the accounting method meets the needs of general-purpose users of financial statements, particularly investors. In contrast, bank supervisors are concerned about banks being inadequately capitalized and possibly failing. ; To shed light on this debate, this article reviews the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) currently used, which are based on historic-cost values for ...
Economic Review , Volume 90 , Issue Q4 , Pages 19-38

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Accounting for Central Neighborhood Change, 1980-2010

Neighborhoods within 2 km of most central business districts of U.S. metropolitan areas experienced population declines from 1980 to 2000 but have rebounded markedly since 2000 at greater pace than would be expected from simple mean reversion. Statistical decompositions reveal that 1980-2000 departures of residents without a college degree (of all races) generated most of the declines while the return of college educated whites and the stabilization of neighborhood choices by less educated whites promoted most of the post-2000 rebound. The rise of childless households and the increase in the ...
Working Paper Series , Paper WP-2016-9

Working Paper
Hidden cost reductions in bank mergers: accounting for more productive banks

Over the past decade, the banking industry has undergone rapid consolidation; indeed, on average, for the past three years there were more than two bank mergers every business day. Before the 1990s, most bank mergers involved banks with less than $1 billion in assets; more recently, even the very largest banks have merged with other banks and with nonbank financial firms. ; Globalization, technological advances, and regulatory retreat are often cited as factors that have stimulated and allowed more banks to merge. Mergers may reduce costs if they enable banks to close redundant branches or ...
Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory , Paper 99-10

Working Paper
Uncertain litigation cost and seller behavior: Evidence from an auditing game

This paper reports the results of two experiments, each consisting of six sessions, designed to investigate difficulties that arise in estimating expected litigation costs in an auditing game. In each experimental session, the game consists of a series of periods in which sellers submit sealed offers to computerized buyers and, if hired, choose an effort level (low or high). The effort level affects the certain (direct) and uncertain (litigation) costs of performing the engagement. Across the two experiments, we vary the uncertainty surrounding the determination of the expected litigation ...
FRB Atlanta Working Paper , Paper 98-17

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Flexible exchange rates, multinational corporations, and accounting standards

Economic Review , Issue Fall , Pages 44-55

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Transparency, legal structure, and value relevance of banks: global evidence

Proceedings , Paper 865

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Making the numbers

Regional Review , Issue Q1 , Pages 27-31

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