Sections 132, 133 of Emergency Economic Stability Act of 2008
Oct. 3 2008
Mark-to-Market accounting – also called fair value accounting - is addressed in Sections 132 and 133 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) [note: link is to Senate version of bill on which House voted to concur on Oct. 3, 2008.] The bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush on Oct. 3, 2008. The language of Sections 132 and 133 is unchanged from earlier versions of the bill voted on during the preceding week by the House and Senate, and are copied in their entirety from EESA immediately below.
SEC. 132. AUTHORITY TO SUSPEND MARK-TO-MARKET ACCOUNTING.
(a) AUTHORITY.—The Securities and Exchange Commission shall have the authority under the securities laws (as such term is defined in section 3(a)(47) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78c(a)(47)) to suspend, by rule, regulation, or order, the application of Statement Number 157 of the Financial Accounting Standards Board for any issuer (as such term is defined in section 3(a)(8) of such Act) or with respect to any class or category of transaction if the Commission determines that is necessary or appropriate in the public interest and is consistent with the protection of investors
(b) SAVINGS PROVISION.—Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed to restrict or limit any authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission under securities laws as in effect on the date of enactment of this Act.
SEC. 133. STUDY ON MARK-TO-MARKET ACCOUNTING.
(a) STUDY.—The Securities and Exchange Commission, in consultation with the Board and the Secretary, shall conduct a study on mark-to-market accounting standards as provided in Statement Number 157 of the
Financial Accounting Standards Board, as such standards are applicable to financial institutions, including depository institutions. Such a study shall consider at a minimum—
(1) the effects of such accounting standards on a financial institution’s balance sheet;
(2) the impacts of such accounting on bank failures in 2008;
(3) the impact of such standards on the quality
of financial information available to investors;
(4) the process used by the Financial Accounting Standards Board in developing accounting standards;
(5) the advisability and feasibility of modifications to such standards; and
(6) alternative accounting standards to those provided in such Statement Number 157.
(b) REPORT.—The Securities and Exchange Commission shall submit to Congress a report of such study before the end of the 90-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act containing the findings and determinations of the Commission, including such administrative and legislative recommendations as the Commission determines appropriate.
Updated Oct. 5, 2008 by Edith Orenstein, Director, Technical Policy Analysis, Financial Executives International (FEI). This summary does not represent FEI opinion unless specifically stated above.