What Is Mark-to-Market? - Definition, Calculation & Examples


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Which one is an example of an account that might use mark-to-market?

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1. An accounting method that measures accounts that change based on the current market price is known as _____.

2. What factor often changes the price of assets that use mark-to-market?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These tools will test your definition of mark-to-market accounting, its objectives, ways companies misuse it, and the way it values assets.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This practice will assess your comprehension of:

  • Definition and function of mark-to-market accounting
  • How companies can abuse it with fraudulent intent
  • Type of assets mark-to-market accounting values

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding accounting
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about abuses of accounting in a different light
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to identify mark-to-market valuations

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  • Definition and purpose of mark-to-market accounting
  • Calculation of mark-to-market valuation
  • Ways in which abuses can occur
  • Differences between historical cost and mark-to-market accounting