Measurement uncertainty

Measurement uncertainty – Uncertainty that arises when the result of applying a measurement basis is imprecise and can be determined only with a range.

Measurement uncertainty arises when a measure cannot be determined directly by observing prices in an active market and must instead be estimated.

The level of measurement uncertainty associated with a particular measurement basis may affect whether information provided by that measurement basis provides a faithful representation of an entity’s financial position and financial performance. A high level of measurement uncertainty does not necessarily prevent the use of a measurement basis that provides relevant information.

However, in some cases the level of measurement uncertainty is so high that information provided by a measurement basis might not provide … Read more

High level overview IFRS 9 Hedge accounting

Last update

High level overview IFRS 9 Hedge accounting


The objective of hedge accounting is to represent, in the financial statements, the effect of an entity’s risk management activities that use financial instruments to manage exposures arising from particular risks that could affect profit or loss (or other comprehensive income, in the case of investments in equity instruments for which an entity has elected to present changes in fair value in other comprehensive income).


A hedging relationship qualifies for hedge accounting only if all the following criteria are met:

  1. the hedging relationship consists only of eligible hedging instruments and eligible hedged items.
  2. at the inception of the hedging relationship there is formal designation and documentation
Read more

High level overview IFRS 3 Business Combinations

Last update


Scope High level overview IFRS 3 Business Combinations

IFRS 3 does not apply to:

  • The accounting for the formation of a joint arrangement in the financial statements of the joint arrangement itself.
  • Acquisition of an asset or group of assets that is not a business.
  • A combination of entities or businesses under common control.


A business combination is: A transaction or event in which acquirer obtains control over a business (e.g. acquisition of shares or net assets, legal mergers, reverse acquisitions).

Definition of a “Business”

A business is:

  • Integrated set of activities and assets
  • Capable of being conducted and managed to provide return
  • Returns include dividends and cost savings.

High level overview IFRS 3 Business Combinations Read more

Consolidated financial statements

IFRS 10 Definition of consolidated financial statements

The financial statements of a group in which the assets, liabilities, equity, income, expenses and cash flows of the parent and its subsidiaries are presented as those of a single economic entity.

ParentAn entity that controls one or more entities.

The other types of financial statements are unconsolidated financial statements (or company accounts) and combined financial statements.

Single economic entity concept

The concept of a single economic entity is illustrated in the example below:

Example – Single economic entity concept

A subsidiary buys an asset from a third party for CU 100. It subsequently sells the asset on to its parent for CU 130. The subsidiary records a profit

Read more

11 Best fair value measurements under IFRS 13

Last update

11 Best fair value measurements under IFRS 13 – Several IFRS standards provide guidance regarding the scope and application of the fair value option for assets and liabilities. Here they are from 1 to 11…….

1 Investments in associates and joint ventures

Investments held by venture capital organizations and the like are exempt from IAS 28’s requirements only when they are measured at fair value through profit or loss in accordance with IFRS 9. Changes in the fair value of such investments are recognized in profit or loss in the period of change.

The IASB acknowledged that fair value information is often readily available in venture capital organizations and entities in similar industries, even for start-up and … Read more

IFRS 7 Interest rate risk disclosure example

Last update

IFRS 7 Interest rate risk disclosure example – Interest rate risk is part of the risk disclosures requirements under IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures. Interest rate risk is part of market risk (the other market risks being currency risk and other price risk) and is defined as the risk that the fair value or future cash flows of a financial instrument will fluctuate because of changes in market interest rates. IFRS 7 Interest rate risk disclosure example

Management should disclose information that enables users of its financial statements to evaluate the nature and extent of risks arising from financial instruments to which the entity is exposed at the end of the reporting period [IFRS 7 31Read more

PPE Components and parts

Last update

PPE Components and parts is about what to include in cost of letting a constructor build a certain technological type of asset/machinery. A complex asset is comprising of many major and small parts. Its cost excluding directly attributable costs is CU 1,000,000. One of its part costs CU 120,000 and another CU 180,000. All other parts cost less than CU 100,000.

Estimated useful life of the main asset and two parts are as follows: – Main Asset 30 years; Part1 10 years; Part 2 30 years. PPE – Components and parts

In this case, the company shall classify these parts in the following manner: PPE Components and parts PPE Components and parts

  • Complex asset: cost CU 1,000,000 – Useful life 30

Read more

Structured products or Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN)

Last update

Structured products or Euro Medium Term Note – Structured products are combinations of two or more financial instruments, forming together a new investment product. At least one of them must be a derivative product.

Structured products with capital protection are the most frequently traded. Such products can be traded either on the stock-exchange or over-the-counter.

Due to the important number of possible combinations, each structured product has its own risks since the risks associated to each of the elements of this combination can be reduced or even eliminated or enhanced due to such a combination. Consequently, the investor must inquire about the specific risks associated to the relevant structured product. Such information is available, for instance, in … Read more

Investment funds

Last update

Investment funds are companies or organized joint ownerships which are collecting funds from a certain number of investors and which are engaged in reinvesting those funds according to the principle of risk spreading and to make its stockholders or members benefit from the results of its asset management.

The US terminology is mutual fund (among others).

Mutual funds are investment vehicles managed by an investment management company which pool funds from its participants called unitholders and invest them according to a specific investment style to earn return for the unitholders and allow diversification opportunities.

A mutual fund is created by forming a legal entity which collects cash from investors and issues them shares called units in proportion … Read more