On January 31, 2013, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-01, Clarifying the Scope of Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities (the "ASU"). The ASU limits the scope of the new balance sheet offsetting disclosures to derivatives, repurchase agreements, and securities lending transactions to the extent that they are (1) offset in the financial statements or (2) subject to an enforceable master netting arrangement or similar agreement.
In December 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-11, Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities. Constituents in a variety of industries raised concerns regarding the potentially broad scope of these disclosure requirements. In response to these concerns, the FASB decided to amend and clarify the scope of the balance sheet offsetting disclosures.
The ASU limits the scope of the new balance sheet offsetting disclosures to the following financial instruments, to the extent they are offset in the financial statements or subject to an enforceable master netting arrangement or similar agreement:
The disclosures are required irrespective of whether the transactions are offset in the statement of financial position.
The effective date and transition of the disclosure requirements in ASU 2011-11 remain unchanged. The disclosure requirements are effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013, and interim periods within those annual periods. Entities will provide the new disclosures retrospectively for all comparative periods.
The ASU could create differences between the disclosures reported under U.S. GAAP and IFRS. However, the disclosures will be the same for transactions that are likely to result in the most significant differences in the presentation under U.S. GAAP and IFRS, namely derivatives, repurchase agreements, and securities lending agreements.
The scope clarification affects all entities with financial instruments subject to an enforceable master netting arrangement or similar agreement that may have been affected by the new offsetting disclosure requirements.
An entity is required to apply the ASU for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013, and interim periods within those annual periods. This date coincides with the effective date of the disclosure requirements in ASU 2011-11.
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