Accounting for financial instruments – Proposal foretells major impact on banks
Abstract: The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is considering proposed changes in accounting for financial instruments and plans to adopt final standards by June 2011. If adopted, the proposal — which calls for most financial instruments to be measured at fair value — would have a significant impact on the way banks account for loans, deposits and investments. It also would change the way banks measure credit impairment and calculate loan loss reserves. This article discusses some of the details, while a sidebar looks at FASB’s new credit risk and loan loss disclosure requirements.