New IAS Plus page devoted to the 'Credit Crunch'

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16 Apr 2008

We have created a new page on IAS Plus dedicated to tracking recommendations and resources relating to the Credit Crunch – the recent turmoil in the world's financial markets and responses to it from various international, regional, and national agencies.

Click to view our Credit Crunch page.

Starting in the summer of 2007, accumulating losses on US subprime mortgages triggered widespread disruption to the global financial system. Large losses were sustained on complex structured securities. Institutions reduced leverage and increased demand for liquid assets. Many credit markets became illiquid, hindering credit extension. Balance sheets of financial institutions became burdened by assets that have suffered major declines in value and vanishing market liquidity.

To re-establish confidence in the soundness of markets and financial institutions, national authorities have taken exceptional steps with a view to facilitating adjustment and dampening the impact on the real economy. These have included monetary and fiscal stimulus, central bank liquidity operations, policies to promote asset market liquidity and actions to resolve problems at specific institutions. Financial institutions have taken steps to rebuild capital and liquidity cushions. And both national and international organizations have developed recommendations and resources aimed at reducing the likelihood that this situation would recur. Some of those recommendations and resources relate to financial reporting and disclosure.

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