Responding to the recognition of the importance of valuation standards by global regulators, the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) has published new International Valuation Standards (IVS).
Capital markets need to have confidence in valuations, and following numerous inquests into the 2008 financial crisis, regulators and the G-20 have acknowledged that proper valuation standards and effective regulation are necessary for improved financial stability. The overriding objective of the new IVS is therefore to increase the confidence of users of valuation services in the valuations on which they rely.
The new IVS cover valuation of a wide range of assets financial instruments, real property, intangible assets, and business interests. They are the result of a three year improvement project undertaken by the IVSC and have been subject to thorough international due process. They aim to promote consistency and transparency throughout the valuation process and include explanations of common valuation methods and principles, as well as procedures that valuation professionals should follow during the conduct of an assignment.
The new IVS will be effective from January 2012 and can be ordered via the IVSC's website at www.ivsc.org
Steven Sherman, Chairman of the IVSC's Standards Board, comments: "The new International Valuation Standards contain globally accepted concepts and principles for the delivery of valuations on which investors rely. Since valuation is key to financial decision making, whether for investment or for measuring performance throughout the financial system, an up to date and robust set of standards is needed to help eliminate avoidable risks."
Michel Prada, Chairman of the IVSC Board of Trustees, comments: "The financial crisis has provoked serious debate about the role and reliability of valuations and their impact on financial markets. The ambition of the IVSC is clear to provide standards and guidance that improve the quality and reliability of valuations globally.
"Now more than ever, standardized valuation across all business sectors is vital for reducing investment risk, adding confidence to financial reporting and providing a consistent approach to portfolio and asset valuation."
The IVSC draws together some of the world's leading valuation experts and financial support is given to its work by organizations including BNP Paribas, Deloitte, Duff & Phelps, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, Houlihan Lokey, KPMG, American Appraisal Associates, American Society of Appraisers, The Appraisal Foundation, Appraisal Institute, Appraisal Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuers, China Appraisal Society, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.