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August 4, 2011

IFRS 9 implementation to be delayed until 2015

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has proposed to delay the effective date of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments to 2015.

An IASB exposure draft suggests the date should be pushed back two years from the initial date 1 January 2013 to align all phases of the project, both complete and ongoing, to have the same effective date.

Two parts of IFRS 9, hedge accounting and the expected loss model, have not been completed and the IASB felt it was necessary to delay the effective implementation date because it was unrealistic to expect market participants to be ready in time. The original 2013 date was set in 2009.

EU Internal Markets Commissioner Michel Barnier has already said the EC will not adopt IFRS 9 until it is completed in order to assess the whole set of standards.

Early adoption is still an option for jurisdictions that wish to adopt IFRS 9 sooner.

The exposure draft on the delay is open for public comment until 21 October and is available to download from the IFRS website.

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