Tweedie forecasts ‘blood’ over new standards

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The chairman of the international accounting standards board told the Financial Times: ‘Now we’re coming to the big ones, and all of them will have controversy – there will be blood all over the streets.’

He highlighted as a likely flashpoint a new standard that would put leased items on the balance sheet, which he said would prompt companies with large assets to ‘erupt’.

Sir David hazarded a prediction that a temporary agreement on fair value accounting on liabilities under IAS39 might be in place by the end of March next year.

However, he was less forthcoming on the timetable for a resolution of the disagreement over hedge accounting for derivatives.

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