Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 157

Definition:

Fair value measurements accounting standard issued in September 2006 by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). FAS 157 became effective for entities with fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007. For investment securities held by a company, there are three different classifications: Trading securities, Available for sale securities, and Held to maturity securities. Currently, under GAAP, Trading and Available for sale securities are recorded at fair market value, while Held to maturity securities are recorded at original cost.

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