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Information Transparency and Valuation: Can you value what you cannot see?

Introduction

Accounting Standards

Unintended Consequences of "Increased Disclosure"

Business Mix

Reasons for Complexity

Measuring Complexity

Consequences of Complexity

Other Evidence

Dealing with Complexity

Adjust the value for complexity

Apply a Complexity Discount

Cures for Complexity

Conclusion

Stock Market & Finance

Information Transparency and Valuation: Can you value what you cannot see?

Keywords :Annual reports, Financial management, Financial reporting

It is clear that some firms are more forthcoming about their financial affairs than other firms, and that the financial statements of a few firms are designed to obscure rather than reveal information. While differences in accounting standards across countries was viewed as the primary culprit for this lack of transparency until recent years, the convergence in accounting standards globally has made it clear that no matter how strict accounting standards are, firms will continue to use their discretionary power to spin and manipulate the numbers that they convey to financial markets.

By Prof. Aswath Damodaran

Performance Trading

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