Fair Value Measurements
The purpose of this session was to continue the deliberations on the issues in the Fair Value Measurements Discussion Paper and to present an analysis of the 'market participants view' under SFAS 157 compared to the 'knowledgeable, willing parties in an arm's length transaction' in IFRSs.
After staff review of the two approaches, the Board was asked if it agrees with the staff analysis on the market participants view. Some Board members raised concerns about the possible differences of the notion 'market participants view' in comparison to a 'knowledgeable, willing party'. The staff noted that they see no differences in content. One Board member asked why a change in terminology would then be necessary as constituents are familiar with the notion of a 'knowledgeable, willing party'. Other Board members said that the document must make clear that the terms are interchangeable.
After this the Board discussed what a market is and whether, for certain transactions, one can assume a market exists if, for example, actually only two parties are acting. As no definition of 'market' was provided, the Board asked the staff to develop an analysis. As all further discussions depend on the outcome of that analysis the Board agreed to postpone discussion of the other items in the agenda paper to a later Board meeting. No further decisions were made.