The IASB discussed the fair value option and tentatively decided to confirm the proposal in its recent Exposure Draft to extend the current fair value option in IFRS 9 Financial Instruments to financial assets that would otherwise be mandatorily measured at fair value through other comprehensive income. Thus an entity may measure these financial assets at fair value through profit or loss if doing so would eliminate or significantly reduce a measurement or recognition inconsistency (sometimes referred to as an ‘accounting mismatch’). That designation would be permitted only at initial recognition and would be irrevocable.
Fifteen members agreed. One member was absent.
The IASB will consider the remaining aspects of its proposals at a future meeting with the aim of issuing the limited amendments to IFRS 9 in the first half of 2014.