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This is an important story from Investors Business Daily:
Accounting rule-makers on Thursday did all they could to make the nation’s credit nightmare go away — or at least go back into the closet — sending stocks higher. The Financial Accounting Standards Board, under heavy pressure from politicians and financial firms, will let companies use “significant” judgment in valuing some assets, notably mortgage securities, rather than relying on current illiquid market prices.
FASB OK’d changes that will also boost capital on battered bank balance sheets. Big U.S. banks are expected to get a Q1 earnings lift of 20% or more from the new rules.
Do I see a bubble forming? This looks like the same bogus accounting garbage that helped create the current disaster.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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