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Saturday, 8 August 2009

Net monetary gain or loss conundrum

Accountants have to calculate the net monetary gain or loss from holding monetary items when they choose the Constant Item Purchasing Power Accounting model and measure financial capital maintenance in units of constant purchasing power in the same way as the IASB currently requires its calculation and accounting only during hyperinflation in IAS 29.

There are net monetary losses and net monetary gains during low inflation too, but they are not required to be calculated when accountants choose the traditional Historical Cost Accounting model.

It is an inexplicable contradiction that net monetary gains and losses are required by the IASB to be calculated and accounted during hyperinflation but not during non-hyperinflationary periods, especially when the IASB approved alternative to Historical Cost Accounting, namely Constant Item Purchasing Power Accounting does require their calculation and accounting during low inflation.

Kindest regards,

Nicolaas Smith