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IASB Proposes Change to Financial Instrument Standard

A slight change could be coming to the International Accounting Standards Board’s (“IASB”) financial instruments standard. On Wednesday, the IASB announced a proposed amendment to International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) 9, Financial Instruments, which would require assets to be calculated either at amortized cost or at fair value with changes disclosed under other comprehensive income. The proposed amendment is intended to determine interest in permitting a measurement change for certain financial assets with prepayment options. IASB research staff members plan to move quickly to issue the proposal for public comment by the end of April. If approved, a final amendment. Read More.

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Bank Regulators Issue Interpretive Guidance for Credit Loss Standard

Interpretative guidance has been published describing the scope of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. Issued by federal banking regulators in a frequently asked questions format, the document explains the reasons for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) credit loss standard, the accounting changes, and how banks’ write-down practices should be modified. ASU No. 2016-13 was issued in June and applies to any banking institutions that file regulatory reports wherein the reporting requirements follow U.S. GAAP. The standard will be effective for public companies in 2020;. Read More.

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Final Overtime Rule on Hold

A November 22 preliminary injunction has blocked the Final Overtime Rule scheduled to become effective Thursday. Last week’s ruling by Federal Judge Amos Mazzant determined that the Department of Labor overstepped its authority by amending the salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime pay. The overtime rule would have increased the salary level for exempt white collar employees to $913 per week. Nearly two dozen governors and attorneys general challenged the overtime rule. Judge Mazzant sided with the plaintiffs, saying that the Department of Labor could not create a distinct standard for overtime eligibility. The Department of Labor is likely. Read More.

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New Technical Auditing Questions and Answers Issued for Investment Companies

The following Technical Questions and Answers guidance has been added under Section 6910, Investment Companies, by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: Section 6910.36, Determining Whether Loan Origination Is a Substantive Activity When Assessing Whether an Entity Is an Investment Company Section 6910.37, Considering the Length of Time It Will Take an Investment Company to Liquidate Its Assets and Satisfy Its Liabilities When Determining If Liquidation Is Imminent Section 6910.38, Determining If Liquidation Is Imminent When the Only Investor in an Investment Company Redeems Its Interest, and the Investment Company Anticipates Selling All of Its Investments and Settling All. Read More.

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Banks Urged to Prepare for FASB Credit Loss Standard

Banking institutions are advised to act fast on implementation plans for Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326). At the AICPA National Conference on Banks and Savings Institutions last week, Louis Thompson of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency told depository institutions to start preparing for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) current expected credit loss (“CECL”) standard. Thompson emphasized that due to the substantial changes in writing down bad loans and securities, implementation efforts should require full commitment and cooperation to ensure the new guidance is applied in a disciplined and. Read More.

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Revenue Recognition Working Drafts Issued for Nine Industries

Earlier this month, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) issued 20 working drafts of interpretative guidance for implementation issues related to the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers. The working drafts offer industry-specific examples for implementing the revenue recognition standard, and pertain to the following sectors: Aerospace and Defense Airlines Broker-dealers Engineering and Construction Contractors Gaming Health Care Asset Management Nonprofits Software Comments on the working drafts must be submitted by Thursday, September 1.

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