25 April 2008

Level 3 Asset Bingo

Here is an interesting commentary on the rather dubious nature of some of the assets on wall street.
Here's Rule No. 1 from Wall Street's public-relations playbook: If the company you run has big losses on hard-to-value assets, scream your head off about the accounting rules.

And what if the squishy values result in huge gains instead, as they have in the not-so-distant past? Rule No. 2: Stay mum about it for as long as the rules allow.
Basically he is noting that the various brokerages are booking a lot of profits on level 3 assets, but level three assets have no regular market to independently determine value, so we are back to smoke and mirror.

Go read, if you dare.


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