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Fair value measurement, presentation and disclosure have been the subject of many accounting standards in recent years.  Measurement uncertainty exists for all fair value items in the financial statements. 

This course focuses on how to determine a fair value estimate for non-readily marketable investments that aren’t actively traded in a major exchange (such as private equity funds, certain high-yield bonds, and more).

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

6 CoursesAn Auditor's Perspective on...

  1. Preparing Financial Statements - An Auditor’s Perspective on What Matters Most
  2. Independence Rules for CPA’s - An Auditor’s Perspective on Significant AICPA, Public Company, Governmental, and International Differences
  3. Designing and Performing Sampling Plans – An Auditor’s Perspective on Monitoring Internal Controls, Compliance, and the Reasonableness of Account Balances
  4. FASB ASC Section 205-40: Going Concern Uncertainty – An Auditor’s Perspective
  5. FASB ASC Topic 470: Debt – An Auditor’s Perspective on Common Balance Sheet Classification Issues
  6. FASB ASC Topic 820 Fair Value – An Auditor’s Perspective on Determining Fair Value of Non-Readily Marketable Investments

Learning Objectives

  • Discover types of non-readily marketable securities.
  • Explore fair value modeling techniques for Level 3 financial instruments.
  • Discover the use of Service Organization Control Reports to evaluate fair presentation of financial instruments.
Last updated/reviewed: June 6, 2021

12 Reviews (40 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
I enjoyed this course and learning how companies determine what a market participant is willing to pay for their assets and how that impacts the historical basis concepts used throughout accounting.
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I enjoyed this course and learning how companies determine what a market participant is willing to pay for their assets and how that impacts the historical basis concepts used throughout accounting.
Anonymous Author
The instructor presents well both the concepts of valuation under various circumstances according to the codification as well as provides examples to clearly communicate how the concept is applied.
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The instructor clearly explained the topic step by step and it is very easy to follow the lecture. It gave an overview on the topic that highlighted those important points. Highly recommended!
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Great class on FASB ASC Topic 820. The CPE has extensive learning objectives that are met in a short period of time. I felt the instructor was effective in her delivery and teachings.
Anonymous Author
Great discussion on valuation. Instead of relying solely on market data, you can use these techniques as a checking for reasonableness of balances.
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Well-organized course. I'm surprised by how much I don't know about fair value. Anyone teaching this in their courses would benefit.
Member's Profile
Nice overview, and thoughtfully laid out. Would benefit from real-world examples as to why different levels of valuation are required.
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I liked that the presenter gives detailed explanations and examples that help you understand otherwise very technical applications.
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This was a very comprehensive summary of FMV and was communicated at a good pace with helpful examples.
Anonymous Author
The course was great introductory course to ASC 820, the instructor was very effective.
Anonymous Author
This course provides a thorough overview of the fair value methodologies.


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course. 

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  2:21Introduction to FASB ASC Topic 820 Fair Value
Fair Value
  4:16Fair Value Defined
  8:43Fair Value Hierarchy
  9:18Fair Value Evaluation
  5:28Measurement Uncertainty
  4:43Sources for Fair Value Inputs
  4:36Modeling Considerations
Valuation Models and Considerations
  5:36Black-Scholes Valuation Model
  3:59Zero-Coupon Valuation Model
  10:16Third Party Considerations When Valuing Investments
  11:05Valuing Investment Funds
Continuous Play
  1:10:23FASB ASC Topic 820 Fair Value
  PDFSlides: FASB ASC Topic 820 Fair Value
  PDFFASB ASC Topic 820 Fair Value Glossary/Index