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FASB makes targeted improvements to hedge accounting requirements

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Aug 28, 2017

The FASB has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2017-12, "Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities."

The ASU amends ASC 815 to "better align an entity’s risk management activities and financial reporting for hedging relationships through changes to both the designation and measurement guidance for qualifying hedging relationships and the presentation of hedge results." The Board believes that such amendments will (1) improve the transparency of information about an entity’s risk management activities and (2) simplify the application of hedge accounting.

For public business entities, the ASU’s amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods therein. For all other entities, the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2020. All entities are permitted to early adopt the ASU in interim periods after its issuance.

For more information, see the ASU, press release, FASB in Focus, video, and cost-benefit analysis on the FASB’s Web site. Also see Deloitte’s August 30, 2017, Heads Up newsletter.

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