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The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published the Exposure Draft Amendments to the Classification and Measurement of Financial Instruments in March 2023. 

IASB® Update November 2022

The IASB met on 23 November 2022 to discuss proposed amendments to IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures.

Contractually linked instruments—Sweep issue (Agenda Paper 16A)

The IASB considered a sweep issue on the scope of transactions to which the requirements in IFRS 9 for contractually linked instruments apply. The IASB tentatively decided to clarify that when an entity determines whether a transaction contains contractually linked instruments as described in IFRS 9, any financial instruments held by the transferor of the underlying assets in the transaction are excluded.

All 11 IASB members agreed with this decision.

Accounting policy choice for derecognition of financial liabilities (Agenda Paper 16B)

The IASB further considered criteria that would allow an entity to derecognise a financial liability before it delivers cash on the settlement date.

The IASB tentatively decided that an entity has an accounting policy choice to derecognise a financial liability before the settlement date when:

  1. the entity does not have the ability to withdraw, stop or cancel an electronic payment instruction;
  2. the entity has lost the practical ability to access the cash as a result of the electronic payment instruction; and
  3. the settlement risk associated with the electronic payment instruction is insignificant.

Settlement risk is considered insignificant if the payment system used has these characteristics:

  1. the period between the payment initiation date and the settlement date is relatively short and is standardised for the particular payment system concerned; and
  2. completion of the payment instruction follows a standard administrative process so that the debtor has reasonable assurance that the transfer will be completed and the cash will be delivered to the creditor.

The IASB tentatively decided to limit the scope of this accounting policy choice to electronic payment systems.

All 11 IASB members agreed with these decisions.

Due process steps (Agenda Paper 16C)

The IASB tentatively decided to set a comment period of 120 days for the exposure draft being developed for the project.

All 11 IASB members agreed with this decision.

No IASB members indicated an intention to dissent from the proposals in the exposure draft.

The IASB discussed the due process steps—including permission to begin the balloting process—for the exposure draft.

All 11 IASB members confirmed they were satisfied the IASB has complied with the applicable due process requirements and has undertaken sufficient consultation and analysis to begin the process for balloting the exposure draft.

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