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Cryptographic assets, including cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, continue to generate a significant amount of interest, given their rapid increases in value and expanded institutional adoption. As activity in cryptographic assets increases, it has attracted regulatory scrutiny across multiple jurisdictions.
At issue is how to recognise, measure and disclose activities associated with the issuances of, and the investment in, the various types of cryptographic assets. Since there are no accounting standards that specifically address cryptographic assets, one must look at the existing IFRS and apply a principles-based approach. In this publication, we highlight some of the accounting questions that are currently being debated and share our views on how IFRSs could be applied.
The issues that arise are diverse and highly dependent on specific facts and circumstances. While the examples and considerations illustrate generic principles, cryptographic asset transactions are rapidly evolving. As guidance and practices in this area evolve, this publication might be updated from time to time and expanded to capture further areas of interest. We therefore recommend that you consult your professional advisers or the authors of this publication for the latest developments.
What's inside (free registration required to view):
  1. Introduction
  2. Cryptographic assets held by an entity
  3. Initial Coin Offerings and related issues
  4. Fair value considerations for cryptographic assets
  5. Disclosures
  6. Stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)
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