MEDIA ADVISORY 09/30/08

Change in agenda for FASB Wednesday, Oct. 1 Board meeting

Norwalk, CT, September 30, 2008—Due to the current market environment and related questions arising about the implementation of fair value, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) will revise its previously communicated agenda for its Board meeting on Wednesday, Oct 1.

As noted in a joint press release issued earlier today with the SEC, (http://www.fasb.org/news/2008-FairValue.pdf) the October 1 FASB meeting will instead address a goal of providing additional guidance on fair value accounting—consistent with the principles of FASB Statement 157—regarding the valuation of assets when markets have become inactive.

A FASB Staff Position (FSP) regarding additional guidance on FASB Statement 157 will be presented and discussed at the Oct 1 meeting.

The previously scheduled agenda item regarding Mergers and acquisitions by a not-for-profit organization will be re-scheduled for discussion soon.

9:00—10:00 a.m.     Discussion of FASB Interpretation No. 48

10:00—11:00 a.m.   Discussion of FASB Statement 157
 

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