Deloitte comment letter on Discussion Paper 'Reducing Complexity in Reporting Financial Instruments'

Published on: 19 Sep 2008

We welcome the IASB’s efforts to improve financial reporting for financial instruments. We believe that current guidance under IFRS is complex and requires significant improvements to reduce the inherent complexity.

However, to meet the goal of improving reporting for financial instruments by reducing complexity it is important that complexity is properly defined and that any change made to existing Standards should not result in a mere shift of complexity from one constituent to another.

In addition, the DP fails to address important areas, notably scope and derecognition, of financial instruments accounting that also fall outside the IASB’s other concurrent projects or, where they are within existing projects, these would be completed only with a significant time lag to the financial instruments project. We believe that guidance on these issues influences the assessments made on the proposals of the DP.

Furthermore, we do not agree with the implicit assumption of the DP that full fair value accounting would be the ultimate improvement to financial instruments accounting.


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