Improving disclosures about financial instruments
In March 2009, the IASB issued Improving Disclosures about Financial Instruments (Amendments to IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures).
The full text of the amendments to IFRS 7 is available as part of IFRS 7.
Reason for the amendments
The amendments were issued as part of the IASB's response to the global financial crisis.
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The IASB was informed by users of financial statements and others that enhanced disclosures about fair value measurements were required, especially in the light of the present market conditions. The IASB acknowledged that enhanced disclosures were needed to provide users of financial statements with useful information about valuations, methodologies and the uncertainty associated with fair value measurements.
Moreover, the amendments clarify and enhance existing disclosure requirements about the nature and extent of liquidity risk arising from financial instruments. These clarifications address application issues raised by preparers and auditors. Enhanced disclosure requirements result in disclosures that better enable users to evaluate an entity's exposure to liquidity risk arising from
financial instruments and how the entity manages this risk.
Scope of the amendments
The amendments address:
- Fair value measurement disclosures.
- Disclosures about the nature and extent of liquidity risk arising from financial instruments.
Effect of the amendments
The amendments introduce a three-level fair value disclosure hierarchy that distinguishes fair value measurements by the significance of the inputs used. These disclosures are expected to provide more information about the relative reliability of fair value measurements. The disclosures are also expected to improve comparability between entities about the effects of fair value measurements and increase convergence of IFRSs and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
In addition, the amendments enhance disclosure requirements on the nature and extent of liquidity risk arising from financial instruments to which an entity is exposed. The amendments clarify current requirements to address application issues. The amendments also reinforce the principles of IFRS 7 to ensure that information disclosed enables users to evaluate the nature and extent of liquidity risk arising from financial instruments and how the entity manages this risk.
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- Click here to read the press release on the publication of the amendments
- Click here to view the Exposure Draft.
- Click here to view comment letters on the Exposure Draft.
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