Industry Insights

A Deep Dive into Hedging

November 2017

Executive Summary

Early adoption of new hedge accounting rules may seem attractive, but company management needs to know all the facts before choosing a course of action and the best time for adoption.

The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s release of updated rules makes targeted but substantial improvements:

  • Expanding component hedging to nonfinancial risks for preparers to more accurately present—and users to better understand—an entity’s risk exposures and risk management activities
  • Eliminating the separate measurement and presentation of hedge ineffectiveness that has resulted in complexity in the financial reporting process and hindered the decision usefulness of reported information
  • Aligning the financial reporting for hedges of interest rate risk with the economic results of those risk management activities
  • Reducing the costs and complexity of monitoring the effectiveness of a hedging relationship by allowing more qualitative assessments
  • Allowing more time for the preparation of hedge documentation for preparers that elect hedge accounting

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