Can goodwill hold up in a bad economy?
Abstract: Privately owned companies can’t escape the effects of a slowed economy — for instance, the possibility of impaired values. Goodwill and other indefinite-lived (and long-lived) intangible assets may decline in value. Impaired values might require corrective action to conform with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This article discusses several recent standards, including Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 157, Fair Value Measurements, which provide guidelines for impairment testing. The article points out that valuators are often called in to handle these assignments because they are familiar with current standards and can add objective credibility to the process for auditors.