The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) added details on the process and initial steps that the SEC has undertaken to conduct a study on "mark-to-market" accounting, as authorized by Sec. 133 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, signed into law by President George Bush last Friday.

Under the legislation enacted last week to help stabilize financial markets, the SEC is required to conduct a study of "mark-to-market" accounting. The study is to be completed by Jan. 2, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Under the terms of the EESA, the study will focus on:

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