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IAS 39 and IFRS 4 amended for guarantee contracts

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18 Aug 2005

The IASB has amended the scope of IAS 39 'Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement' to include financial guarantee contracts issued.

However, if an issuer of financial guarantee contracts has previously asserted explicitly that it regards such contracts as insurance contracts and has used accounting applicable to insurance contracts, the issuer may elect to apply either IAS 39 or IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts to such financial guarantee contracts.

Some details:

  • A financial guarantee contract is a contract that requires the issuer to make specified payments to reimburse the holder for a loss it incurs because a specified debtor fails to make payment when due
  • Under IAS 39, financial guarantee contracts are initially recognised at fair value and are subsequently measured at the greater of (a) the amount determined in accordance with IAS 37 and (b) the amount initially recognised less, where appropriate, cumulative amortisation recognised in accordance with IAS 18
  • The issuer may make the IAS 39 or IFRS 4 election contract by contract, but the election for each contract is irrevocable
  • The amendments to IAS 39 and IFRS 4 are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2006, with earlier application encouraged.
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