On September 18, 2013, the SEC voted 3 to 2 to propose a rule that would require public companies to calculate and disclose its CEO compensation as a multiple of the median employee’s pay. This In brief article provides an overview of the key provisions of the proposed rule.
The FASB and IASB met in July to discuss the constraint on recognizing revenue from variable consideration, customer credit risk, and accounting for arrangements that do not meet the definition of a contract with a customer.
On July 17, 2013, the FASB issued ASU No. 2013-10, which permits an entity to designate the Fed Funds Effective Swap Rate ("Fed Funds rate"), also referred to as the overnight index swap rate ("OIS"), as a benchmark interest rate. In addition, the ASU removes the restriction on using different benchmark interest rates for similar hedges. The ASU is effective immediately. This In brief article provides an overview of the final standard.
The IASB has published narrow-scope amendments to IAS 39, Financial instruments: Recognition and measurement. Similar provisions will be incorporated into the forthcoming chapter on hedge accounting in IFRS 9, Financial instruments. The amendments provide relief from parts of the hedge accounting requirements when a derivative is novated to a central counterparty (CCP), such as a central clearing organization, provided certain conditions are met.
The IASB has published a targeted revised exposure draft with a 120 day comment period that will fundamentally change the accounting by issuers of insurance contracts. Read our In brief article for more information on the exposure draft.
The FASB and IASB met in May to discuss sweep issues related to their revenue recognition project, including accounting for credit card reward programs. This In brief article provides a summary of the decisions reached by the boards.
The FASB met on May 23, 2013 to discuss feedback received on its repurchase agreement proposal. Based on the feedback received, the FASB tentatively decided to retain the current effective control model and require additional disclosures for transfers of financial assets with contemporaneous agreements that result in the transferor retaining the risks associated with the transferred financial asset.
The FASB and IASB issued a revised exposure draft on leases on May 16, 2013 with a comment period ending September 13, 2013. Almost all entities will be impacted. This In brief article provides an overview of the revised proposal.
The PCAOB reproposed a related parties auditing standard and amendments on significant unusual transactions and financial relationships with executive officers. This In brief article provides an overview of the key aspects of the reproposal.
On May 6, 2013, the FASB released an exposure draft proposing technical corrections and improvements to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (the Codification). The proposal is part of the FASB's ongoing project to improve the Codification. This set of proposed changes is focused on improving the Codification’s master glossary. The proposed amendments are not intended to change U.S. GAAP. Instead, they are aimed at making the glossary easier to understand and reducing the number of glossary terms. This In brief article provides an overview of the proposal.
On April 30, 2013, the FASB issued a proposal that would indefinitely defer for nonpublic employee benefit plans certain quantitative fair value disclosures for investments in their plan sponsors' nonpublic entity equity securities. Comments on the FASB's exposure draft are due May 31, 2013. This In brief article provides an overview the FASB's proposal.
On April 22, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-07, Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205): Liquidation Basis of Accounting. The new standard addresses when and how an entity should apply the liquidation basis of accounting. This In brief article provides an overview of the key provisions of the new standard.
On April 15, 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (Board) and Private Company Council (Council) jointly issued an invitation to comment on a proposed private company decision-making framework (the "framework").
On April 12, the FASB issued an exposure draft of consequential amendments to the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) that would result from its financial instruments classification and measurement proposal.
The FASB met on April 10, 2013 to discuss the costs, benefits, and complexity associated with the proposed lease accounting rules. The FASB members expressed their individual points of view and voted 4 to 3 in favor of moving forward with the revised exposure draft. The FASB and IASB expect to issue a joint exposure draft in mid-May 2013. This In brief article provides an overview of the decisions reached at the FASB meeting.
On April 2, 2013, the FASB issued a proposal that changes the criteria for reporting discontinued operations. The proposal also enhances disclosure requirements for discontinued operations and adds new disclosures for individually material dispositions that do not qualify as discontinued operations.
On March 26, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) proposed a framework for reorganizing the existing interim and PCAOB-issued auditing standards into a topical structure with a single integrated numbering system (the "Release"). In addition, the PCAOB is proposing certain related amendments to its rules and auditing standards, and proposing to rescind certain interim auditing standards that the PCAOB believes are no longer necessary under the proposed reorganization. The Release states that the amendments are not expected to impose new requirements on auditors or substantively change the requirements of the PCAOB standards.
On March 25, the FASB issued a document that addresses key questions about its proposed impairment model for financial assets. In addition, the FASB reached a decision at its March 28 meeting to extend the comment period for its impairment proposal to May 31, 2013.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) met separately in March to discuss specific U.S. GAAP and IFRS matters related to the proposed revenue recognition standard. The FASB focused on non-public entities and reached decisions on disclosure requirements, transition, and effective date. The FASB also amended its previous decision about effective date for public entities. The IASB decided to permit early application of the revenue standard. The decisions by both boards are tentative and subject to change. Any remaining “sweep” issues will be discussed at future meetings.
On March 13, 2013, the FASB met to discuss investment companies, a joint project with the IASB. The FASB discussed certain proposed disclosures designed to increase transparency into an investment company's interest in an investee fund. These investee fund disclosures have been the final area of focus as the FASB finalizes its standard on investment companies. At its meeting, the FASB decided to remove the proposed disclosures from the current project and re-evaluate them at a later date. The FASB also agreed to move forward with issuing a final standard on investment companies.
Following several years of discussions and two previously published proposals, the IASB has issued an exposure draft, Financial Instruments: Expected Credit Losses. The proposed guidance introduces an expected loss impairment model that will replace the incurred loss model used today. This In brief article provides an overview the IASB's proposal.
The IASB has issued an exposure draft proposing a limited scope amendment to IAS 39, Financial instruments: Recognition and measurement, and to the forthcoming chapter on hedge accounting in IFRS 9, Financial instruments. The exposure draft proposes some relief from the hedge accounting requirements when a derivative is novated to a central counterparty (CCP), such as a central clearing organization, under certain circumstances.