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IFRS 13 and investing decisions: A study of auditors and academics’ viewpoint
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 240 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With the recent financial crisis that have happened and the global move towards fair value accounting financial institutions such as the IASB saw fit to increase the mandatory disclosure requirements by implementing IFRS 13 to regulated fair value accounting in IFRS. The implementation of IFRS 13 means that many of the old standards in regards to fair value will be replaced, for example investment properties reporting under IAS 40. Furthermore IFRS 13 redefines the classification system for assets and liabilities.


The purpose of this study is to investigate whether these changes have any influence on investment decisions. This has been done by adopting a qualitative abductive descripto-explanatory approach to our research, and our empirical data was gathered through semi-structured interviews with academics and audit professionals.


The analysis of our empirical data suggests that the implementation of IFRS 13 and its increased disclosure requirements have been useful to investor’s decision making. IFRS 13 accomplishes this through its increased clarity in financial reporting. However investors should be mindful whilst investing in companies utilizing Level 3 valuation techniques because they use estimates of unobservable inputs and because such estimates are hard to control they are prone to bias, error, and manipulation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 81 p.
Keyword [en]
IFRS 13, IAS 40, investment decisions, fair value accounting, investor, disclosure requirements, and fair value hierarchy.
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96783OAI: diva2:768148
Educational program
International Business Program
Available from: 2014-12-04 Created: 2014-12-03 Last updated: 2014-12-04Bibliographically approved

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