Mark-To-Market in Brazil

Mark-To-Market in Brazil

Brazil

In the second quarter of this year, the Brazilian Central Bank imposed on financial institutions stricter rules for reporting securities held as proprietary assets or as managed fiduciary funds. Such securities are primarily federal government bonds, many with maturities running to 2006. Mark-to-market reporting became the rule, which upon implementation caused extraordinary portfolio losses to banks and investors. The size of the impact for banks will become visible when mid-year, audited financial statements are published in August. We expect the impact to be negligible at most institutions. The principle of mark-to-market is a positive step to modernize the Brazilian banki

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