Wednesday, December 02, 2009

EU - Deloitte Newsletter on IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

Deloitte's IFRS Global Office has published an IAS Plus Update Newsletter – IFRS 9 Financial Instruments. The IASB issued IFRS 9 on November 12, 2009 as the first step in its project to replace IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. IFRS 9 introduces new requirements for classifying and measuring financial assets. Those requirements must be applied starting January 1, 2013, with earlier adoption permitted including for 2009. The IASB intends to expand IFRS 9 during 2010 to add new requirements for classifying and measuring financial liabilities, derecognition of financial instruments, impairment and hedge accounting. By the end of 2010, IFRS 9 will be a complete replacement for IAS 39 – mandatory for 2013 and optional in earlier years. This newsletter explains the requirements of IFRS 9 in detail, compares IFRS 9 and IAS 39, and analyses the potential impact of a move to the new standard.