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FASB Financial Instruments Standard Issued

After spending the past decade working to simplify the accounting for financial instruments, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has issued its long-anticipated guidance, Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-01, Financial Instruments – Overall (Subtopic 825-10): Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities. FASB Chairman Russell Golden said the new standard will provide more useful information to financial statement users, and improves the accounting model to better address economic complexities. When the project initially started, the FASB attempted to overhaul the accounting for financial instruments. Things took a turn after the 2008 financial crisis, and the final standard. Read More.

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FASB Discusses Impairment of Financial Assets Project

During the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) December 21st meeting, the board continued redeliberations on its proposed Accounting Standards Update, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Subtopic 825-15). In particular, the FASB discussed the following issues: Accounting for Purchased Financial Assets with Credit Deterioration (PCD Assets). The FASB determined that when the credit losses allowance is estimated without a method that discounts future anticipated cash flows, the allowance should be based on the average of the PCD asset. When the credit losses allowance is estimated with a method that discounts future anticipated cash flows, entities should use the discount rate that associates the. Read More.

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FASB Seeking 2015 Release of Financial Instruments Standards

As the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”; “the Board”) begins work on its scheduled financial instruments accounting project, the standard setter is aiming to release its first two updates during the early part of 2015. The first phase, classification and measurement of financial instruments, is projected to be finished in the next few weeks and sent back to FASB with a final draft. For its asset impairment phase, FASB is expected to make its final decisions next month and possibly give approval for preparing the last update in November. Before the final updates are approved and published next year, the. Read More.

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FASB to Create Advisory Panel for Adoption of Asset Impairment Standard

Expected to issue its standard for recording loan losses next year, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) is creating an advisory panel to assist companies in the implementation of Proposed Accounting Standards Update No. 2012-260, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Subtopic 825-15). Responding to investors’ complaints about banks using the incurred-loss model for reporting losses during the global financial crisis, the standard will help disclose bad loans and securities, as well as adopt a current-expected-credit-loss (CECL) model. The new model will require banks to evaluate forthcoming losses on loans going bad and establish reserves based on such estimates. Commenting on the advisory. Read More.

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FASB Announces Topics for September 3rd Board Meeting

Prepping for its board meeting Wednesday, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has announced the three topics it will cover: Financial instruments—impairment. FASB will continue to discuss Proposed Accounting Standards Update, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Subtopic 825-15). The discussion will focus on write-off guidance and clarifying the term which an entity should estimate its projected credit losses for financial instruments. Disclosure framework: disclosure review—fair value measurement. FASB plans to cover application to fair value disclosures of the concepts in the proposed FASB Concepts Statement, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting—Chapter 8: Notes to Financial Statements. While no decisions are anticipated from the discussion, prospective. Read More.

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