Our in-depth guide explains how to account for transfers of financial assets, using Q&As and examples to address common questions and transactions we see in practice. This edition includes new interpretations related to a transfer of a portion of an equity share.
An established model and evolving transactions
In the decades since the FASB first developed its guidance on transfers of financial assets, the capital markets – and the types of transfers that take place in them – have continued to evolve.
The accounting guidance has evolved as well, although the core principles have remained intact: a transaction is recognized as a sale when a financial asset has been transferred and control has been surrendered; and following a sale, a company measures both the benefits it controls and the resulting obligations.
This model is well-established, but the continued evolution of transactions involving transfers of financial assets often pushes the profession to make critical judgments about the application of the guidance.
We want to help you make those critical judgments.