PwC's accounting weekly news: August 7, 2020

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The FASB released its much anticipated new standard, amending the accounting for certain financial instruments with characteristics of liabilities and equity. This area has been the source of many a restatement, so one of the objectives of the project was to reduce complexity. See our summary below, and stay tuned for our In depth.

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Here’s what we’re following

FASB issues guidance on the accounting for convertible instruments

On August 5, the FASB issued final guidance that will impact the accounting for certain financial instruments with characteristics of liabilities and equity. The Board reduced the number of accounting models for convertible debt instruments and convertible preferred stock and made certain disclosure amendments to improve the relevance of information being provided to users. In addition, the Board amended the guidance for the “own stock” derivatives scope exception and the related EPS guidance. The new guidance is expected to reduce complexity and improve the comparability of financial reporting associated with how companies account for convertible instruments. The guidance is effective for public business entities in 2022 but can be early adopted beginning in 2021.

SEC proposes modifications to the mutual fund and ETF disclosure framework 

On August 5, 2020, the SEC proposed comprehensive modifications to the mutual fund and exchange-traded fund disclosure framework. Among other things, the proposed rule would require streamlined shareholder reports, promote a layered disclosure approach, and amend prospectus disclosure requirements. In his remarks announcing the release, Chairman Jay Clayton said “the proposal modernizes [the Commission’s] 'investor-first’ framework” and asserted the new streamlined shareholder report, together with additional information available online, would enable investors to receive information in a more useful way. Public comments will be due within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register.

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International Accounting Leader, National Professional Services Group, PwC US