SUMMARY OF BOARD DECISIONS

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March 7, 2012 FASB Board Meeting

Insurance contracts. The FASB continued its discussions on the insurance contracts project by considering the accounting for investment contracts with discretionary participation features.

The FASB tentatively decided that investment contracts with discretionary participation features should not be included within the scope of the insurance contracts standard unless the contract meets the definition of insurance.

Next Steps

The FASB and the IASB will continue their joint discussions on insurance contracts in the week of March 19, 2012.


Agenda decision announcement: definition of a nonpublic entity. The FASB chairman announced that she added a project to the Board’s technical agenda that will reexamine the definition of a nonpublic entity. The chairman’s decision was based on comments from stakeholders requesting clarification of the existing definitions and ongoing questions about which definition of a nonpublic entity was being used in various projects. There also is a similar need for clarity on the definition of a nonpublic entity with respect to the private company decision-making framework that the staff has been developing. This project will provide an opportunity to simplify the definition of a nonpublic entity, address a few known practice issues, and help to identify the scope of entities that would be considered in future discussion about potential differences in requirements for nonpublic entities.