Study: Most Firms Use “Triggers” To Invoke Fair Value Procedures
In a recently released study by Interactive Data Corporation, mutual fund industry professionals continue to invoke fair value procedures at an increasing rate.
The survey, which covered 134 Chief Financial Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, and valuation team members, showed an increasing attention to market volatility as it relates to fair value accounting procedures.
“The heightened level of volatility in the market draws attention to the importance of fair value practices for mutual funds investing in international equities,” said Rob Haddad, director of Evaluated Services for Interactive Data. Haddad continued, “Our survey found that mutual funds are generally well-prepared for volatile market scenarios, with predefined fair value procedures in place to handle such events, and formal back-testing processes to examine how these procedures worked in practice.”
Among mutual funds, 36% reported that fair value is being applied every day, up from only 10% in 2004. The other 64% of funds reported using “triggers” — a process that pays attention to market movements and benchmarks — to apply fair value procedures for the fund. The strategy for triggers varied greatly in method, scope, and complexity, said the study.