IASB posts draft report of valuation experts

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17 Sep 2008

The IASB has invited comment on the draft report of its expert advisory panel on valuing financial instruments when markets are no longer active.

The report explores the practices that the experts use for measuring and disclosing such financial instruments. The IASB has invited comment on the draft report by 3 October 2008. When this document is finalised, the IASB intends to publish it as helpful guidance in making fair value estimates under the requirements of IFRSs. 

Two excerpts from the draft report:

Measurement: In inactive markets, entities measure the fair value of financial instruments by considering all relevant market information that is available. A thorough understanding of the instrument subject to valuation is necessary in order to identify relevant available information. Information to be considered includes prices from recent transactions in the same or similar instruments, quotes from brokers and pricing services, indices and other inputs to model-based valuation techniques. Entities use this information to measure fair value by assessing the available information and applying it as appropriate.

Disclosure: It is important that entities help users of financial statements understand the techniques used and the judgements made in measuring fair value (although it is not the purpose of the disclosure to allow recalculation of fair values). Providing enhanced and detailed disclosures about the fair value of instruments that are of particular interest to users helps entities meet that objective. The instruments of particular interest will change over time as market conditions change and are likely to include those that are the focus of internal management reporting and are receiving external market interest.


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