- Regulatory Accounting Principles - RAP
- A comprehensive set of rules and regulations for accounting that were introduced by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. Regulatory accounting principles were created to assist low net-worth savings and loan associations with meeting capital requirements. These rules allowed S&Ls to amortize such items as gains or losses from sales over long periods of time.
Unfortunately, the introduction of regulatory accounting principles contributed to the downfall of many S&Ls. The relaxed rules enabled many otherwise insolvent institutions to artificially increase their net worths and continue doing business. RAP stands in contrast to GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
Investment dictionary. Academic. 2012.
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