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Half a trillion dollars. That’s how much Goldman Sachs analysts claim could be added to corporate balance sheets if a proposed change in lease accounting is approved by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. The proposal involves the accounting for some $640 billion worth of leases at companies worldwide, but it has received surprisingly little attention considering its likely impact, both on companies that lease substantial amounts of equipment and on equipment leasing firms. The International Accounting Standards Board is considering a similar change.

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