Section PS 3041 - Portfolio investments

Effective date:

Section PS 3041 is effective in the period that Section PS 2601, Foreign Currency Translation, and Section PS 3450, Financial Instruments, are adopted.

Published by the PSAB:

March 2012 except for subsequent amendments


This Section establishes standards on how to account for and report portfolio investments in government financial statements.

Portfolio investments are investments in organizations that do not form part of the government reporting entity. Such investments are normally in equity instruments or debt instruments issued by the investee.

Unless a portfolio investment contains significant concessionary terms, it is recognized and measured in accordance with Section PS 3450 Financial Instruments.

When there has been a loss in value of a portfolio investment that is other than a temporary decline, the investment should be written down to recognize the loss. The write-down should be included in the statement of operations. In the case of an item in the fair value category, a reversal of any net remeasurements should be reported in the statement of remeasurement gains and losses.

History of Section PS 3041




March 2012

New Section

This Sec­tion re­vises and re­places Sec­tion PS 3040 Port­fo­lio in­vest­ments, and Sec­tion PS 3030 Tem­po­rary In­vest­ments. It is ef­fec­tive in the period that Sections PS 2601 For­eign Cur­rency Trans­la­tion, and PS 3450, Fi­nan­cial in­stru­ments, are adopted.

March 2014

Revised transitional provisions

The transitional provisions have been amended to extend the effective date for governments by three years to fiscal years beginning on or after April 1, 2019. Earlier adoption is permitted.

March 2018

Revised transitional provisions

The tran­si­tional pro­vi­sions have been amended to ex­tend the ef­fec­tive date for gov­ern­ments by two years to fis­cal years be­gin­ning on or af­ter April 1, 2021. Ear­lier adop­tion is per­mit­ted.

November 2020

Amend­ments to ef­fec­tive date for gov­ern­ments

The tran­si­tional pro­vi­sions have been amended to ex­tend the ef­fec­tive for gov­ern­ments by one further year to fis­cal years be­gin­ning on or af­ter April 1, 2022. Ear­lier adop­tion is per­mit­ted.

Note: The above summary does not include details of consequential amendments made as the result of other projects.

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