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  • When Should a Derivative Mature?

    One of the most common foreign exchange hedging questions we receive at Hedge Trackers deals with when derivatives should mature. While the full story is rather complex, the top-line answer is relatively simple. Essentially, derivative maturities should be tied to a cash flow event; a cash movement or a cash conversion. After all, protecting USD […]

  • FASB Decision-Making Meeting Recap: June 29, 2015

    The FASB met on June 29th in a decision-making meeting. There were three hedge accounting packages presented for board approval: Decision package one relates mainly to non-financial hedges and includes component hedging amongst many other exciting changes. Decision package two relates to financial instrument hedging issues and includes definitions of benchmark rates, callable debt and […]

  • EITF Reviews Call and Put Options on Debt Instruments

    Are puts and call options that can accelerate the repayment of principal in a debt instrument clearly and closely related or do they need to be bifurcated from the host debt instrument? In considering this question the EITF evaluated two alternatives.

  • Currency Risk a Priority in Corporate Contingency Plans

    In this interview with gtnews, Helen Kane, founder and president of Hedge Trackers LLC offers her views on the extent to which companies can mitigate the impact of various risks through contingency planning. First introduced to currency risk management while working for a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing company as international treasury manager, Helen Kane founded Hedge […]

  • Capella Software Spotlight: Entering Large Numbers

    Did you know that there is an easy way to enter large numbers in Capella? For example, if you want to enter 10,000,000, just enter “10M” (for million). It’s an easy way to enter large numbers without counting zeros.

  • Changes to Derivative Novation Consequences

    There is great news coming out of last week’s EITF meeting: Changing counterparties would NOT necessarily stop hedge accounting. In practice, when derivatives are novated from one counterparty to another, it has been considered a change in critical terms – which requires a dedesignation. Many users do a simultaneous dedesignation/redesignation; however, those using shortcut hedge […]

  • Changes to Derivative Novation Consequences

    There is great news coming out of last week’s EITF meeting: Changing counterparties would NOT necessarily stop hedge accounting.

  • Case Study: Implementing an FX Hedge Program & SaaS Deployment In Days

    Here at Hedge Trackers, we’ve helped hundreds of companies establish foreign currency hedge programs. We’re proud of all of our engagements – particularly since no public company has ever been required to restate their earnings due to our derivative accounting or reporting practices. Occasionally, however, an engagement stands out – like the one described below.

  • FASB Non-Decision Meeting Recap: June 10, 2015 – Part II

    Most of the FASB’s June 10 non-decision making meeting was spent discussing benchmark interest rates. When FAS 133 was originally written, users had to include the full market interest rate, inclusive of credit. FAS 138 was subsequently approved, allowing the bifurcation of benchmark interest rate risk, which was defined as U.S. Treasuries and – for […]

  • FASB Non-Decision Meeting Recap: June 10, 2015

    The second part of FASB’s non-decision making meeting on June 10, 2015 was used to briefly discuss the overall changes to hedge accounting. Three main topics were covered:

  • FASB Non-Decision Meeting Recap: May 27, 2015

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) non-decision meeting this Wednesday, May 27, featured two hours on hedge accounting — including discussions on ineffectiveness, disclosures and documentation. The main theme of ineffectiveness was where to book it, and the FASB staff presented three different options: Requiring ineffectiveness to be booked to the same line item as the […]

  • Gathering Your Global FX Exposures

    There are many factors to consider and actions to take when starting a foreign currency hedge program. One piece that is often overlooked — and can create significant downstream benefits and efficiencies — is consolidating your global exposures. By combining exposures from multiple entities into a single number, corporations doing business internationally can save costs, […]

  • Hedge Trackers Comments on FASB’s Recent Proposal

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board recently held a public comment period for proposed changes to ASC 815 – Derivatives and Hedging. You can find Hedge Trackers’ response pasted below, or on FASB.org. “Hedge Trackers, LLC, appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Board’s recent proposal, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Disclosures about Hybrid Financial Instruments with […]

  • Reminder: FASB Public Comment Period

    Reminder to corporate finance personnel: The public comment period on FASB’s proposed updates to Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, closes in one week. The proposed update would require additional disclosures in the notes to the financial statements showing the relationship between each bifurcated embedded derivative and its related financial instrument host contract. The embedded derivative […]

  • FX on the Front Page & in Your Bottom Line

    Turning on the news these days is not much fun. From strife in the Middle East to brewing tensions in Ukraine to economic uncertainty in Japan to rampant concern about the Eurozone itself, bad news is seemingly everywhere. Some of it is truly tragic. Some of it is scary. And if you’re doing business overseas, […]