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  • FASB Issues Narrow-Scope Improvements to Financial Instruments Standards

    In August 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board released ASU No. 2017-12, accounting guidance designed to better align a hedge program with an organization’s risk management objectives as reflected on financial statements. While the goal of these changes was to make hedging a more attractive option for corporations and financial institutions, stakeholders have brought up […]

  • Hedge Trackers Comments On Canadian Producers Hedging Oil

    Reuters – “Canadian, Brazilian oil producers lock in revenues as prices rally: sources”

  • Banking In the UK: The Mass Exodus

    The uncertainty of Brexit accompanied by the phasing out of LIBOR has turned the financial services industry in Europe on its head. As organizations take precautions amidst the uncertainty, it has become evident that the number one financial hub in the world has begun to fall from its pedestal. Until concrete decisions are finalized, the […]

  • Hedge Trackers Comments on LIBOR’S Looming End

    Bloomberg Tax – “LIBOR’S Looming End Leaves Hedgers, Lenders in a Bind”Nicola M. White, Reporter “This is really so pervasive, it’s going to affect literally every company out there,’ said Ernie de Lachica, senior director at BDO USA LLP. Any business that has a loan likely has an interest rate tied to LIBOR, and banks making loans […]

  • Hedge Trackers Comments On Replacing the Most Important Number in the World

    Bloomberg Opinion – “How Do You Replace the Most Important Number in the World?” Satyajit Das, writing for Bloomberg “A further issue relates to hedging interest rate risk. The nascent derivative markets in new benchmarks don’t currently approach the quality, depth and liquidity of established Libor-based instruments.

  • Farah Lotia Comments on Global Risks in 2019

    Visual Capitalist “The Top Global Risks in 2019” “91% of respondents to the Global Risks Perception Survey indicated that economic confrontation/frictions between major powers were an expected risk increase in 2019.”

  • Hedge Trackers Comments on Libor’s Demise

    Global Finance “Fear and Loathing On The Road to Libor’s Demise”

  • Hedge Trackers Comments on Treasury & Risk Article Regarding Currencies in 2019

    Treasury & Risk “Currencies in 2019: Expect the Unexpected” “In order to be strategic, corporate treasury teams need to understand not only how currencies are impacting their financial statements, but also how they can offset exposures and mitigate potential impacts. Technology tools that include business intelligence, AI and interactive reporting can deliver insights on both […]

  • Are New Lease Accounting Rules About To Disrupt Your Balance Sheet Hedge Program?

      Under new lease accounting rules, what was once a long-term operating lease off the balance sheet is now a monetary liability, while the offsetting lease asset is non-monetary. 

  • Why AFP Conference 2018 Was All About Hedging

    The talk of the town at AFP Conference 2018 was the importance of hedging. The majority of attendees were treasury professionals who deal with the concept of hedging every day, especially what it means in 2018 and looking ahead to 2019.

  • 4 Reasons Why AFP Conference 2018 Was Successful

    Now that I have had a chance to reflect on our recent trip to the 2018 Association for Financial Professionals Conference (AFP) in Chicago, I wanted to take time to comment on the immense success and valuable lessons we learned after attending. See Also:

  • Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) Overnight Index Swap (OIS) Rate as a Benchmark Interest Rate – Does it impact my hedge program?

    With the LIBOR rate continuing to phase out, FASB announced last month that they have added the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) Overnight Index Swap (OIS) rate, as a benchmark interest rate to the list available for fair value hedging. The addition of the OIS rate based on SOFR brings the total number of benchmark […]

  • Overnight Index Swap Rate Joins List of U.S. GAAP’s Hedge Accounting Benchmarks

    As seen in WG&L Accounting & Compliance Alert, Thomson Reuters/Tax & Accounting.

  • Pros and Cons of ‘Blend & Extend’ for Interest Rate Swaps

    *Originally Published on March 21, 2016. The idea of “blend and extend” continues to be a popular topic, and for good reasons. In light of the new rules, however, we’ve updated this popular classic for accuracy and comprehensiveness.  In recent months, numerous clients have asked us to weigh in on the possibility of “blend and extend” […]

  • Argentina Breaches “Highly Inflationary” July 1, 2018*

    Time is running out. Economic conditions in Argentina have deteriorated, with interest rates exceeding 40%, the Argentine peso (ARS) depreciating more than 50% vs. the U.S. dollar (USD) in the last year, and inflation rates approaching 4% per month.