International Financial Reporting Standards

ISDA’s work with the IASB, the European Commission and the UK's Department of Trade and Industry


DateTitle / DescriptionDocuments
May 24, 2017
ISDA responds to the IASB’s ED/2017/3 Prepayment Features with Negative Compensation
ISDA has responded to the International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) proposal to amend IFRS 9 Financial Instruments to enable companies to measure certain prepayable financial assets with so-called negative compensation options. ISDA’s members are of the view that it is important this issue is dealt with urgently, given the IFRS 9 application date is in January 2018. In view of this timetable, our members believe it is important for the IASB to limit any amendments made to IFRS 9 and, more specifically, to matters necessary to address the issue that was submitted to the IFRS Interpretations Committee. They do not think it is appropriate for the IASB to add more interpretative guidance by means of additional basis of conclusions paragraphs into the literature, which could have unintended consequences for other financial instruments.
ISDA response to IASB websit.pdf
May 22, 2017
ISDA responds to the IFRIC on IFRS 9 Financial Instruments - Modification or Exchanges of Financial Liabilities that do not Result in Derecognition
ISDA has responded to the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee’s tentative agenda decision made at its March 2017 meeting. This was as a result of a request submitted by a stakeholder to clarify whether an entity should recognize an adjustment to amortised cost in profit or loss when a financial liability is modified or exchanged, and that modification or exchange does not result in the derecognition of the financial liability.
ISDA-letter-to-IFRIC-on-IFRS-9-and-modification-of-liabilities final webpage.pdf
May 17, 2017
ISDA responds to the EFRAG on the IASB ED/2017/3 Prepayment Features with Negative Compensation
ISDA has responded to the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group’s (EFRAG) request for advanced comments ahead of the International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) public consultation deadline due to the potential complexity of this issue. As with ISDA’s members, EFRAG is also of the view that prepayment features with negative compensation should be subject to the same eligibility conditions as prepayment features with positive compensation.
ISDA - EFRAG response letter on prepayment option clauses website.pdf
January 4, 2017
CCPs’ rule book changes on the settled-to-market model and impact on hedge accounting
On January 4, 2017, ISDA’s Accounting Committee issued a confirmation letter to the Staff of Office of the Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to an ISDA whitepaper on the accounting Impact of central counterparty rule book changes. The SEC staff confirmed all the conclusions of the ISDA Accounting Committee outlined in the whitepaper and follow-up submission – namely i) that the changes to the rule books of LCH and CME, as supported by legal opinions from external counsel, should result in the presentation of variation margin amounts as settlement of the derivative exposure and not collateral against it for purposes of applying the accounting and presentation guidance in ASC 815 (US GAAP covering derivatives and hedging); and ii) that the de-designation and re-designation of existing hedging relationships under ASC 815 would not be required solely because of these changes to the respective CME and LCH rule books. ISDA recognizes the significance of the continued application of hedge accounting when the hedging derivative has been affected by these rule changes and its importance to clearing members and end users.
ISDA SEC VM Settlement Confirming letter.pdf ISDA VM Settlement Whitepaper final .pdf LCH_STM_Model_Responses_to_SEC_final (003).pdf VM as settlement_Additional paper for SEC final  (003).pdf
February 9, 2016
ISDA responds to IASB consultation on Applying IFRS 9 Financial Instruments with IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts
On February 5, ISDA’s Accounting Committee responded to an International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) proposal to address the different effective dates of application of IFRS 9 ‘Financial Instruments’ and the new insurance contracts standard ‘IFRS 4’. Members agree this is an important issue for insurance companies. Resolving this issue promptly will help ensure IFRS 9 is endorsed as soon as possible and remove any uncertainly on the date of application.
ISDA response to IASB IFRS 9 IFRS 4 insurance website.pdf
February 9, 2016
ISDA response to tentative agenda decision on IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation- Offsetting and cash pooling
On February 4, ISDA’s Accounting Committee responded to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Interpretations Committee on a fact pattern related to notional cash pooling facilities and the application of the offsetting rules. We do not believe that ‘intention’ as required by IAS 32 implies a certainty in period end balances, but instead an expectation in the net exchange of settlement amounts arising from an asset and liability on a specified date. We believe the tentative agenda decision should be amended to highlight the principles of IAS 32 and should not set out an opinion for this specific fact pattern.
ISDA IFRIC comment letter on IAS 32 Offsetting 05022016 website.pdf
December 14, 2015
ISDA responds to the IASB’s on the ‘Request for Views: 2015 Agenda Consultation’
On December 11, ISDA’s Accounting Committee responded to a public consultation issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) seeking views on whether the IASB has the right priorities for its work plan, and whether the projects identified are indeed the most pressing areas for improving International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
ISDA response to IASB Agenda Consulation final website.pdf
November 25, 2015
ISDA responds to IASB consultation on the Conceptual Framework
On November 25, ISDA’s Accounting Committee responded to a public consultation issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) seeking feedback on an exposure draft proposing a revised Conceptual Framework (CF). The CF describes the basic concepts related to the preparation and presentation of financial statements underpinning the accounting of derivatives transactions.
ISDA CF 25112015 web.pdf
November 19, 2015
ISDA responds to the EFRAG’s consultation on Conceptual Framework
On November 18, ISDA’s Accounting Committee responded to a public consultation issued by the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group seeking views from all stakeholders on an exposure draft published by the International Accounting Standard Board on the Conceptual Framework (CF). The CF describes the basic concepts that lie beneath the preparation and presentation of financial statements underpinning the accounting of derivatives transactions.
ISDA - EFRAG response letter on CF final web.pdf
October 15, 2015
Consideration of Accounting Analysis for CCP Recovery and Continuity Tools
This paper examines some factors that central counterparties (CCPs) should consider in structuring partial tear-up methodologies so as not to contravene rules on offsetting under the applicable accounting standards, which would render cleared derivatives uneconomical. The paper notes that CCPs can structure partial tear-up in a number of ways. Whatever the structure, the CCP’s methodology for partial tear-up should be transparent, written in its rule book, available to all potentially affected parties and should respect US GAAP and IFRS accounting standards.
ISDA Accounting Committee_CCP Recovery tools White Paper -  Oct 13 2015 FINAL.pdf