Official announcement from FASB

Today, FASB issued narrow-scope improvements to its financial instrument standards as part of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2019-04.  Included...

All other things being equal, shareholders, owners and executives like earnings to be predictable and smooth.  They go to great lengths to achieve steady earnings that grow quarter...

Companies commonly choose to enhance certainty in future commodity prices, interest rates and currency exchange rates through hedging.  Hedging is often accomplished with financial...

January 30, 2019

Many thanks to the folks at S&P Global Platts for putting on a wonderful aluminum event at the iconic Hotel del Coronado on January 13th through the 15th.  Although sunshine was in...

Derivative contracts are often portrayed as the bad boys of the financial marketplace, but this characterization misrepresents most derivatives and their uses. In fact, most deriva...

As attractive as this new ratable method may be, in certain cases, it might be preferable to avoid this treatment and apply an alternative method for some cash flow hedges with opt...

Under the rules of fair value hedge accounting, a prerequisite condition is that the hedge should be highly effective in offsetting this specific value change – i.e., the value cha...

August 8, 2018

“People are showing more interest in hedging at conferences, especially folks in the steel market,” HedgeStar manager of valuation Merc Morse told American Metal Market. “We have s...

New York, NY – – The American Metal Markets held their 33rd annual Steel Success Strategies Conference June 25 – June 26. Delegates from across the steel industry participate in th...

The fact is, one leg of the swap does serves as an offset, but the other leg delivers a wholly unpredictable result that will vary, depending on the path of the variable interest r...

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