Transfers and Servicing: Repurchase Agreements and Similar Transactions
Last updated on May 30, 2013. Please refer to the Current Technical Plan for information about the expected release dates of exposure documents and final standards.
(Updated sections are indicated with an asterisk *)
The staff has prepared this summary of Board decisions for information purposes only. Those Board decisions are tentative and do not change current accounting. Official positions of the FASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.
*Due Process Documents
*Decisions Reached at Last Meeting
Summary of Decisions Reached to Date
*Board/Other Public Meeting Dates
The objective of this project is to improve the existing accounting and disclosure guidance on repurchase agreements and other transactions involving a transfer and a forward agreement to repurchase the transferred assets at a fixed price from the transferee) to address application issues and changes in the marketplace and to ensure that investors obtain useful information about these transactions.
*Due Process DocumentsOn January 15, 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued proposed Accounting Standards Update, Transfers and Servicing (Topic 860)—Effective Control for Transfers with Forward Agreements to Repurchase Assets and Accounting for Repurchase Financings. Comment letters are due on March 29, 2013.
- Download the Proposed Update—Transfers and Servicing (Topic 860): Effective Control for Transfers with Forward Agreements to Repurchase Assets and Accounting for Repurchase Financings
- Read the comment letters on the proposed Accounting Standards Update
- Read the summary of feedback received on the proposed Accounting Standards update
- Read the news release introducing the proposed Accounting Standards Update
- Read the FASB In Focus which summarizes the proposed Accounting Standards Update
- Listen to a podcast in which FASB Member Russ Golden discusses the proposed Accounting Standards Update
- Download the Proposed XBRL Taxonomy Exposure Draft—ASU
- Objective 1—To address concerns related to repurchase-to-maturity transactions
- Objective 2—To address concerns arising from transfers of financial assets with contemporaneous agreements that convey significant risks to the transferor (regardless of the form of the transaction)
- Objective 3—To reassess the principles for derecognition for all transfers of financial assets.
The staff will develop a disclosure package consistent with Objective 2 for the Board’s deliberations at a future date.
*Board/Other Public Meeting Dates
The Board meeting minutes are provided for the information and convenience of constituents who want to follow the Board’s deliberations. All of the conclusions reported are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings. Decisions become final only after a formal written ballot to issue a final standard.
|*May 23, 2013||Board Meeting—Feedback received from comment letters on proposed Accounting Standards Update and the next steps for the project|
|December 12, 2012||Board Meeting—Held-to-maturity securities transferred in a repurchase agreement that settles at the maturity of the transferred securities|
|November 7, 2012||Board Meeting—Complexity, permission to ballot, transition and comment period for a proposed Accounting Standards Update|
|October 3, 2012||Board Meeting—Accounting repurchase financings and types of transfers with repurchase agreements requiring secured borrowing accounting|
|September 5, 2012||Board Meeting—Disclosure for certain repurchase agreements and other transfers with forward agreements to repurchase transferred assets|
|August 1, 2012||Board Meeting—Accounting for repurchase agreements that involve similar but not identical financial assets and agreements that do not meet the criteria for secured borrowing accounting|
|June 27, 2012||Board Meeting—Accounting for repurchase agreements involving identical financial assets|
|March 21, 2012||Board Meeting—Agenda decision announcement|
FASB Accounting Standards Codification® Topic 860, Transfers and Servicing, provides the guidance for making the determination for whether transfers of financial assets under repurchase agreements meet the criteria for secured borrowing accounting or sale accounting. These transactions are evaluated to determine which party has control over the financial assets. The assessment of these transactions typically rests on whether the transferor has “effective control” over the transferred financial assets.
In April 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-03, which amended Topic 860. The Update removed the criterion requiring the transferor to have the ability to repurchase or redeem the financial assets on substantially the agreed terms, even in the event of default by the transferee, as well as the collateral maintenance implementation guidance related to that criterion. The new requirements are effective for interim or annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011.
Contact InformationRosemarie Sangiuolo
FASB Project Consultant
Assistant Project Manager
David M. Shaw
XBRL Assistant Project Manager