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IFRS newsletter - English - December 2009
The outgoing year has been marked by intensive work by the IASB. Under political pressure, many projects have been pushed ahead briskly, in particular those concerning the recognition of financial instruments. However, the adoption of the first part of IFRS 9 must not hide the fact that there is a long way to go yet before getting started on a complete replacement of IAS 39. Here 2010 will be marked by discussions on the impairment of financial instruments and on hedge accounting.
The end of the financial reporting period is drawing near! Though the previous year has seen an IASB focus on financial instruments, European preparers will not be able to apply the first phase of the revised IAS 39 as from 31 December. The European Union has indeed decided to postpone the adoption of IFRS 9.
The financial crisis, one year on… Against this background, the G20 meeting held in Pittsburgh in late September culminated in a wish to see the accounting principles of members countries converge by June 2011.
October was a particularly busy month for the IASB: five days of ‘normal’ meetings, three days of joint meetings with the FASB, three days of meetings on the financial instruments project: a total of eleven days of meetings… a record!