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Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

Conceptual framework 2018 measurements is part of the explanations on the revised Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting (the Conceptual Framework 2018) issued in 2018 by IASB. It describes various measurement bases, the information they provide and factors to consider when selecting a measurement basis. The 2010 Conceptual Framework did not include much guidance on measurement.Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

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The concepts developed in the Conceptual Framework 2018 are: Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

  1. The objective of financial reporting Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements
  2. Qualitative characteristics of useful financial information Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements
  3. Financial statements and the reporting entity Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements
  4. The elements of financial statements Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements
  5. Recognition and derecognition Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements
  6. Measurement Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements
  7. Presentation and disclosure Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements
  8. Concepts of capital and capital maintenance Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

As a reminder, the Conceptual Framework is not a standard, and none of the concepts override the concepts or requirements in any standard. The purpose of the Conceptual Framework is to assist the Board in developing standards, to help preparers develop consistent accounting policies where there is no applicable standard in place and to assist all parties to understand and interpret the standards.

MEASUREMENT

In developing the revised Conceptual Framework, the Board considered whether a single measurement basis should be mandated. However, it concluded that different measurement bases could provide useful information to users in different circumstances. Therefore, two categories of measurement basis were identified: Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

  • Historical cost measurement basis Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements
  • Current value measurement basis

Monetary terms

Elements recognised in financial statements are quantified in monetary terms. This requires the selection of a measurement basis. A measurement basis is an identified feature—for example, historical cost, current value, fair value or fulfilment value—of an item being measured. Applying a measurement basis to an asset or liability creates a measure for that asset or liability and for related income and expenses. Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

Different measurement bases

Consideration of the qualitative characteristics of useful financial information and of the cost constraint is likely to result in the selection of different measurement bases for different assets, liabilities, income and expenses.Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

Implementation of the measurement basis

A Standard may need to describe how to implement the measurement basis selected in that Standard. That description could include: Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

  1. specifying techniques that may or must be used to estimate a measure applying a particular measurement basis; 
  2. specifying a simplified measurement approach that is likely to provide information similar to that provided by a preferred measurement basis; or
  3. explaining how to modify a measurement basis, for example, by excluding from the fulfilment value of a liability the effect of the possibility that the entity may fail to fulfill that liability (own credit risk).
Historical cost

Historical cost measures provide monetary information about assets, liabilities and related income and expenses, using information derived, at least in part, from the price of the transaction or other event that gave rise to them. Unlike current value, historical cost does not reflect changes in values, except to the extent that those changes relate to impairment of an asset or a liability becoming onerous.

Current value

Current value measures provide monetary information about assets, liabilities and related income and expenses, using information updated to reflect conditions at the measurement date. Because of the updating, current values of assets and liabilities reflect changes, since the previous measurement date, in estimates of cash flows and other factors reflected in those current values. Unlike historical cost, the current value of an asset or liability is not derived, even in part, from the price of the transaction or other event that gave rise to the asset or liability.

Fair value Measurement introduction

Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset, or paid to transfer a liability, in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

Fair value reflects the perspective of market participants—participants in a market to which the entity has access. The asset or liability is measured using the same assumptions that market participants would use when pricing the asset or liability if those market participants act in their economic best interest. Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

Value in use and fulfilment value

Value in use is the present value of the cash flows, or other economic benefits, that an entity expects to derive from the use of an asset and from its ultimate disposal. Fulfilment value is the present value of the cash, or other economic resources, that an entity expects to be obliged to transfer as it fulfils a liability. Those amounts of cash or other economic resources include not only the amounts to be transferred to the liability counterparty, but also the amounts that the entity expects to be obliged to transfer to other parties to enable it to fulfil the liability. Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

Current cost Measurement introduction Measurement introduction

The current cost of an asset is the cost of an equivalent asset at the measurement date, comprising the consideration that would be paid at the measurement date plus the transaction costs that would be incurred at that date. The current cost of a liability is the consideration that would be received for an equivalent liability at the measurement date minus the transaction costs that would be incurred at that date. Current cost, like historical cost, is an entry value: it reflects prices in the market in which the entity would acquire the asset or would incur the liability. Hence, it is different from fair value, value in use and fulfilment value, which are exit values. However, unlike historical cost, current cost reflects conditions at the measurement date. Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

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Conceptual framework 2018 Measurements

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