IFRS for financial instruments

Mazars latest IFRS Insight addresses the accounting for financial instruments under IFRS. It draws on several relevant IFRS standards to tackle, in one handbook, the entire range of challenges related to financial instruments among which: recognition and derecognition, classification and measurement, impairment for credit risk, derivatives and hedging, and related disclosures. It includes all the new requirements introduced by IFRS 9 and the related amendments to other standards such as IFRS 7.

The Mazars Insight series on IFRS aim at helping preparers, users and auditors of financial statements  develop their theoretical and practical understanding of IFRSs. Our objective is to provide our readers, whether beginners or experts, with useful tools which provide clarity and insight on the challenging  issues that may be encountered when applying IFRSs. Concepts are explained in a pedagogical way and  illustrated by numerous practical examples.

This IFRS Insight addresses the accounting for financial instruments under IFRS. After a two-pager providing an overview of IFRS requirements for financial instruments in 10 key points, each chapter starts with a detailed table of content to direct readers straight to the topic they are searching for. Many cross references have been inserted for improved reading experience. We draw specific attention to chapter 2 which comprises the definitions and the list of abbreviations and acronyms used in this manual.

This insight is in English and a French version will be available soon. Please note that chapters 3, 5, 10, 11, 12 and 15 will also be added at a later stage.




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Quantified impacts of IFRS 9: initial findings

At the end of February 2018, all the major European banks published information on the impact of the implementation of the new standard IFRS 9. IFRS 9 introduces numerous changes (classification, impairment, hedging, etc.). Their impacts at the transition date vary widely from one bank to another. They are negative in most cases, but for some banks are virtually nil or even positive. The indicators used are also variable: though the impact on the CET1 ratio is a firm common indicator, the level of further detail reported varies significantly from one institution to another.