Expected-Loss-Based Accounting for the Impairment of Financial Instruments: The FASB and IASB IFRS 9 Approaches

15-10-2015

This paper outlines the work of the FASB and the IASB on the development of expected-loss methods for measuring the impairment of financial instruments arising from credit losses, and describes and compares key features of the different approaches developed by the two standard setters. It also provides information indicative of the possible effect of differences between the two approaches and summarises arguments for and against the main elements of the approaches proposed by the two standard setters. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the ECON Committee.

This paper outlines the work of the FASB and the IASB on the development of expected-loss methods for measuring the impairment of financial instruments arising from credit losses, and describes and compares key features of the different approaches developed by the two standard setters. It also provides information indicative of the possible effect of differences between the two approaches and summarises arguments for and against the main elements of the approaches proposed by the two standard setters. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the ECON Committee.