IFRS 9: Financial Instruments — high level summary
IFRS 9 Financial Instruments is the IASB’s replacement of IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. The Standard includes requirements for recognition and measurement, impairment, derecognition and general hedge accounting.
The version of IFRS 9 issued in 2014 supersedes all previous versions and is mandatorily effective for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018 with early adoption permitted (subject to local endorsement requirements). For a limited period, previous versions of IFRS 91 may be adopted early, provided the relevant date of initial application is before 1 February 2015 (again, subject to local endorsement requirements).
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published an exposure draft (ED/2015/11) that proposes amendments to IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts that are intended to address concerns about the different effective dates of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and the forthcoming new insurance contracts standard. The deadline of comments ended on 8 February and at the time of writing the IASB was considering the responses received.
The purpose of this publication is to provide a high-level overview of the IFRS 9 requirements, focusing on the areas which are different from IAS 39.