News Release 12/3/15

FASB ISSUES PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENT


Norwalk, CT, December 3, 2015—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) intended to improve the effectiveness of disclosure requirements on fair value measurements. Stakeholders are asked to review and provide comment on the proposed ASU by February 29, 2016.

The proposed ASU is part of the FASB’s broader disclosure framework project to improve the effectiveness of disclosures in the notes to financial statements by clearly communicating the information that is most important to users of a reporting organization’s financial statements.

The proposed ASU would improve existing disclosure requirements related to fair value measurement, clarify disclosure requirements, as well as identify ways to improve the Board’s decision process.

Fair value measurement is one of four areas where the Board will evaluate and improve existing disclosure requirements. Other areas the Board will address include an employer’s disclosure of defined benefit plans, income taxes, and inventory.

The proposed ASU—and an information piece that explains the decision questions that were considered by the FASB as part of its process—is available at www.fasb.org.


About the Financial Accounting Standards Board

Since 1973, the Financial Accounting Standards Board has been the designated organization in the private sector for establishing standards of financial accounting and reporting. Those standards govern the preparation of financial reports and are officially recognized as authoritative by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Such standards are essential to the efficient functioning of the economy because investors, creditors, auditors, and others rely on credible, transparent, and comparable financial information. For more information about the FASB, visit our website at www.fasb.org.