November 2016 IASB meeting notes posted

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18 Nov 2016

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) met at its offices in London on 14–16 November 2016. We have posted our comprehensive Deloitte observer notes for all projects discussed during the meeting.

Monday 14 November

Last month the Board started its detailed discussions of feedback received on its proposed Practice Statement on materiality. The Board continued those discussions, focusing on errors; covenants; stewardship; recognition and measurement, whether it should apply to entities applying the IFRS for SMEs Standard; and the status and form of the guidance.

There was a mixed response to the staff recommendations, with some being supported by the Board while others were not. The staff expect to conclude the main discussions next month.

Tuesday 15 November

The Board continued its discussions on the Conceptual Framework, focusing on the definition of a liability and the effects of the proposed changes to the Conceptual Framework on preparers. The Board supported using the proposal included in the ED in the final version of the Framework.

The Board discussed its project on Primary Financial Statements. The staff have been gathering evidence about perceived problems with the presentation of the primary financial statements and to understand stakeholders’ views on the areas that need improvement. The discussions were exploratory, with the Board not being asked to make any technical decisions.

The Board gave the staff clearance to start balloting process on a proposed annual improvements in relation to IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and IAS 28 Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures on the impairment of long-term interests and a narrow scope amendment to IAS 16 Property, Plant and Equipment in relation to accounting for proceeds from testing an asset.

Wednesday 16 November

The Board continued its discussions on the development of a discussion paper on financial instruments with the characteristics of equity, this week focusing on puttable instruments. The Board agreed that the planned Discussion Paper should propose that, if the so-called Gamma approach is used, the exception to categorise puttable instruments as equity should be retained.

The meeting concluded with a discussion of the Insurance Contract project and the draft of what will become IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts. The staff have been undertaking fieldwork, the results of which were discussed at this meeting. Also, as a result of insights gained from the fieldwork, the staff proposed some changes to the current draft in relation to changes in the carrying amount of the contractual service margin (CSM) for experience adjustments; transition; and the effects of financial risk when an entity applies the variable fee approach (VFA) and mitigates that risk with a derivative. Several other sweep issues will also be discussed.

The Board supported all of the changes proposed, including setting the effective date so that the Standard will apply the annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021. That date is predicated on the assumption that IFRS 17 is issued in the first half of 2017.

The draft of IFRS 17 will be revised and undergo a fatal flaw review with selected external parties.

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