SUMMARY OF BOARD DECISIONS

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October 15, 2012 FASB Board Meeting

Insurance contracts. The FASB continued its discussions on insurance contracts by considering whether upon adoption of the new insurance contracts standard, an insurer could re-designate the classification of its financial assets for transition purposes.

The Board tentatively decided that upon initial adoption of the insurance contracts standard, an insurer would be permitted to designate and classify its financial assets that are designated to an entity’s insurance business either by:
  1. Legal entity or
     
  2. Internal designation and relating to funding of insurance contracts that are newly determined to be insurance
as if it had adopted on that date the relevant classification and measurement guidance for financial instruments in effect (Topic 320, Investments—Debt and Equity Securities, and related fair value options or the proposed FASB financial instruments standard). The effect should be reported as a change in accounting principle.