This study presents an empirical investigation of the UK stock market response to the im-plementation of the UK Statement of Standard Accounting Practice (SSAP) No. 20 “Foreign Cur-rency Translation” (issued in April 1983). Such an empirical investigation has not yet been under-taken for the UK. Our results show that the stock market generally appeared to have anticipatedthe implementation of SSAP 20. For the aggregate set of adopters, we found a positive stock mar-ket response in the official year of adoption, reflecting the appreciation of the income-stabilisingeffects of the standard. This paper also presents a cross-sectional analysis that tests for a relation-ship between the stock returns and the accounting measures of those firms that adopted SSAP 20.We found a significant relation between the stock returns and the related accounting measures inthe actual adoption period of the aggregate set of adopters. This study generally focuses on theinterpretation of the financial impacts of the various accounting choices of firms within their fi-nancial and economic environments.
|Number of pages
|Investment Management and Financial Innovations
|Published - 2005
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- translation gains and losses
- SSAP 20
- normal and late adopters
- stock market reaction