Fair Value Accounting: An Overview

4 Credits: Accounting
1 Credits: Auditing


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Fair Value Accounting: An Overview

Course Level
CPE Credits

4 Credits: Accounting
1 Credits: Auditing

Course Description

Numerous FASB Standards have been issued requiring certain items to be measured and reported at “fair value” on the balance sheet. Prior to the release of ASC 820 Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures (formerly known as SFAS 157), the concept of fair value had never been formally defined in U.S. accounting literature. Since its issuance in September 2006, ASC 820 has become one the most controversial accounting standards ever released.

This course provides a conceptual review of fair value accounting as outlined in ASC 820 and other U.S. accounting standards. The materials also provide an overview of authoritative guidance contained in SAS No. 101, Auditing Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures.

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Learning Objectives

  • Define the ‘historical cost’ method of accounting and calculate the current ‘amortized cost’ of assets and liabilities accounted for under this method.
  • Define the ‘fair value’ method of accounting for assets and liabilities and recognize accounting practices consistent with this method.
  • Recognize the differences between the ‘historical cost’ and ‘fair value’ methods of accounting.
  • Define ‘fair value’ as outlined in ASC 820Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures.
  • Recognize accounting practices that are consistent with the fair value framework established in ASC 820.
  • Recognize valuation techniquesthat are consistent with the guidance of ASC 820.
  • Recognize the proper classification of valuation inputs into the levels of the fair value hierarchy.
  • Recognize accounting practices consistent with the fair value disclosure requirements outlined in ASC 820.
  • Recognize auditing practices consistent with the standards of fieldwork related to auditing fair value measurements and disclosuresincluded in SAS No. 101.
  • Identify the roles that management and the auditor have in the fair value measurement process.
  • Recognize the proper application of the fair value option under ASC 825-10.
  • Identify assets & liabilities that are eligible for the fair value option.
  • Recognize the principal arguments against fair value accounting
  • Explain the limitations of applying the ASC 820definition of fair value when markets are illiquid or inactive
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
August 4, 2022

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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Meet The Experts

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Michael J. Walker, CPA, is based in New England and has decades of accounting experience in the financial services, information technology services, and construction industries. He has an extensive technical accounting background that includes hands-on experience with U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). His expertise includes accounting for financial instruments, securitizations, and other banking products. He graduated from Bentley University with a BS in finance and an MS in accountancy.