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    Derecognition is the removal of a previously recognized financial asset or liability from an entity's balance sheet. You should derecognize a financial asset if either the entity's contractual rights to the asset's cash flows have expired or the asset has been transferred to a  third party (along with the risks and rewards of ownership). If the risks and rewards of ownership have not passed to the buyer, then the selling entity must still recognize the entire financial asset and treat any consideration received as a liability.