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July 28, 2010 FASB Board Meeting

Insurance contracts. At this meeting, the Board discussed the following:

  1. Whether some or all short-duration insurance contracts should be accounted for using a modified measurement and presentation approach, previously referred to as the unearned premium approach.
  2. Based on its decision on the first item, how the FASB should proceed, including whether it should issue an Exposure Draft based on the tentative decisions to date or a Discussion Paper that solicits further input.

Some Board members supported the application of a modified measurement and presentation approach for certain insurance contracts. However, the Board had a number of questions about certain aspects of a modified measurement and presentation approach and about which insurance contracts should apply that approach rather than the basic approach.

The Board decided to issue a Discussion Paper to further solicit input from constituents. That Discussion Paper will compare the IASB’s proposed model, the FASB’s tentative decisions reached to date, and current U.S. GAAP. It also would include preliminary views on possible improvements to current guidance.

Agenda decision announcement: derecognition—limited scope amendments to Topic 860, Transfers and Servicing. The FASB chairman announced that he added a limited scope project to the Board’s agenda to improve the accounting for repurchase agreements (repos) or other agreements that both entitle and obligate the transferor to repurchase or redeem financial assets before their maturity. Although this is not a joint project with the IASB, the Board intends to consider how the proposed improvements are similar to or different from IFRS.