Media Advisory 03-09-20

FASB Issues Narrow-Scope Improvements to Financial Instruments Guidance

Norwalk, CT, March 9, 2020—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued an Accounting Standards Update (ASU) that makes narrow-scope improvements to various aspects of the financial instruments guidance, including the current expected credit losses (CECL) standard issued in 2016.

The ASU is part of the FASB’s ongoing Codification improvement project aimed at clarifying specific areas of accounting guidance to help avoid unintended application. The items addressed in that project generally are not expected to have a significant effect on current accounting practice or create a significant administrative cost for most entities.

“The FASB decided to issue this financial instruments ASU separate from other Codification improvements to increase stakeholder awareness of the changes and to expedite the improvement process,” stated FASB Chairman Russell G. Golden.  “It addresses areas brought to our attention by stakeholders, and it represents our ongoing commitment to support a successful transition to our standards.”

Among its improvements, the ASU clarifies that all nonpublic companies and organizations are required to provide certain fair value option disclosures.

The ASU is available at