A large number and cross‐section of firms undertake financial asset transfers. The Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board have been grappling with the appropriate accounting for financial asset transfers, especially with respect to derecognition—that is, when the assets should be removed from the transferor's balance sheet. This paper discusses the financial reporting issues surrounding financial asset transfers and summarizes the related academic research. It also discusses potentially useful future research that could provide insights for standard‐setters and suggests some impediments to that research.

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