WASHINGTON (11/18/08)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has urged the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to perform a “thorough and comprehensive examination of the positive and negative effects of mark-to-market accounting, especially when used in a stagnant market.” CUNA’s viewed were expressed in a comment letter to the SEC in response to its 90-day study on mark-to-market accounting. “While credit unions generally practice more conservative investment strategies than other financial institutions, the wide-spread nature of the current financial crisis is likely to have at least some effect on credit unions,” noted CUNA. The trade association encouraged the SEC to explore how an institution's intent to hold an asset can be incorporated into determining its "fair value." “We also ask that the study include a look at auditor practices and the inflexibility shown by some firms in conducting the measurement process under fair value accounting,” wrote CUNA. Access the full letter using the resource link below.