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By Cormac Butler

ISBN-10: 0470699809

ISBN-13: 9780470699805

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The problem is even more compounded when the standard setters try to deal with the complex area of derivatives and financial instruments. Indeed, the compromise model may explain why the International Financial Reporting Standards committee took so long to come up with a suitable accounting standard not only for financial instruments, but also for insurance. 4 FAIR VALUE OR COST The box below illustrates how the accounting standards, particularly IAS 39, treat various assets on the balance sheet and through the Profit & Loss account.

It is unfortunate, though understandable, that the accounting profession does not use either the cost model in its entirety or the market value. Instead, they are compromising. They are using the cost model for some assets and liabilities and the market model for others. By compromising, and adopting a mixed model approach, the standard setters have created considerable confusion. The rules are very complex and it is this complexity that gives creative accountants the opportunity to mislead shareholders.

To confuse matters further, the accounting standards permit what is known as the ‘Available For Sale’ category. This category is not very clear. It states that an entity must record the asset on the balance sheet at current market value but must record any profit or loss through a special account known as the Equity Reserve account. Only when the asset is sold, is the entity allowed to recognise a profit through its Profit & Loss account. Even for the simplest of transactions, the accounting standards can confuse experienced accountants, along with investors.

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