Usefulness of fair values for predicting banks’ future earnings: evidence from other comprehensive income and its components

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This paper examines whether fair value adjustments included in other comprehensive income (OCI) predict future bank performance. It also examines whether the reliability of these estimates affects their predictive value. Using a sample of bank holding companies, we find that fair value adjustments included in OCI can predict earnings both 1 and 2 years ahead. However, not all fair value-related unrealized gains and losses included in OCI have similar implications. While net unrealized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities are positively associated with future earnings, net unrealized gains and losses on derivative contracts classified as cash flow hedges are negatively associated with future earnings. We also find that reliable measurement of fair values enhances predictive value. Finally, we show that fair value adjustments recorded in OCI during the 2007–2009 financial crisis predicted future profitability, contradicting criticism that fair value accounting forced banks to record excessive downward adjustments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-315
Number of pages36
JournalReview of Accounting Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Earnings
  • Fair value
  • Other comprehensive income
  • Predictability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)

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