Observable inputs

Observable inputs are used to develop fair values for assets and liabilities, and are derived from market information. These inputs reflect the pricing assumptions that third parties would use when setting prices for assets and liabilities. Ideally, the valuation chosen should maximize the use of relevant observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. Examples of markets that are considered to provide observable inputs are stock exchanges, dealer markets, and brokered markets.

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