Project Update

Accounting for Financial Instruments—Hedge Accounting

Last updated on April 6, 2017. Please refer to the Current Technical Plan for information about the expected release dates of exposure documents and final standards.

(Updated sections are indicated with an asterisk *)

This project update summarizes the project activities and decisions of the IASB and the FASB (Boards). It was prepared by the staff and is for the information and convenience of their constituents. All decisions of the Boards are tentative, may change at future Board meetings, and do not change current accounting and reporting requirements. Decisions of the Boards become final only after extensive due process.

Project Objective and Background
Due Process Documents
Outreach/Field Work
*Decisions Reached at the Last Meeting
*Tentative Board Decisions Reached to Date
Next Steps
*Board/Other Public Meeting Dates—Current
Contact Information

Project Objective and Background

This project addresses issues related to hedge accounting for financial instruments and non-financial items. The objective of this project is to make targeted improvements to the hedge accounting model based on the feedback received from preparers, auditors, users and other stakeholders. The Board will consider opportunities to align with IFRS 9 Financial Instruments.

Click here for the project objective and background information on the overall Accounting for Financial Instruments project.

Due Process Documents

On September 8, 2016, the FASB issued proposed Accounting Standards Update, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities. The comment letter period ended on November 22, 2016.
  • Download the September 8, 2016 proposed Accounting Standards Update, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities.
  • Read the FASB in Focus which summarizes the proposed Accounting Standards Update.
  • Read the press release on the proposed Accounting Standards Update.
  • Read comment letters on the proposed Accounting Standards Update.
  • Read a feedback summary on the proposed Accounting Standards Update.
On February 9, 2011, the FASB issued an Invitation to Comment, Selected Issues about Hedge Accounting, to solicit input on the IASB’s Exposure Draft, Hedge Accounting. The comment period ended on April 25, 2011.
On May 26, 2010, the FASB issued one comprehensive proposed Accounting Standards Update, Accounting for Financial Instruments and Revisions to the Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities—Financial Instruments (Topic 825) and Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815). The comment period ended on September 30, 2010.
On June 6, 2008, the FASB issued an Exposure Draft, Accounting for Hedging Activities. The comment period ended on August 15, 2008.

Outreach/Field Work


Outreach


Staff and Board members have conducted various outreach activities with a variety of stakeholders during the comment period of the Exposure Draft of the proposed Accounting Standards Update.

Webcast

On October 17, 2016, the FASB hosted an educational webinar, IN FOCUS: FASB’s Proposed Accounting Standards Update on Hedging, which provided the history of the hedging project and why it was added to the FASB’s technical agenda, the proposed changes to the hedge accounting guidance and presentation and disclosure guidance in the proposed Update, and the transition guidance for the proposed Update. An archived version of the webinar is available on-demand. Please note: Registration (or the email address used to previously register) is required to view the archived webinar; CPE is not available for the archived webinar.

Roundtable

On December 2, 2016, the FASB hosted two public roundtables in Norwalk, CT, which provided an opportunity for those who had submitted comment letters to provide their feedback on the proposed Update.

*Decisions Reached at the Last Meeting (MARCH 22, 2017)

The Board discussed the following:

Cross Currency Basis Spreads

The Board decided that it would add a cross currency basis spread to the list of excluded components.

Excluded Component Recognition

The Board decided that the base recognition model for excluded components would be an amortization approach, and entities also would be allowed, as an accounting policy election, to apply a mark-to-market through earnings approach.

Additionally, the Board decided that when a hedging relationship is discontinued and an amortization approach is used, the changes in fair value of excluded components recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income would be released to earnings consistent with existing GAAP for each respective type of hedging relationship, specifically:
  1. For a cash flow hedge in which the hedged forecasted transaction is still probable of occurring, at the time that the hedged forecasted transaction affects earnings
  2. For a fair value hedge, consistent with how fair value hedge basis adjustments are recognized in earnings for the related hedged item.

*Tentative Board Decisions Reached to Date (As of April 4, 2017)

Tentative Board Decisions Reached to Date During Deliberations.

Next Steps

The Board will consider sweep issues, effective dates, and a cost-benefit analysis at a future meeting.

*Board/Other Public Meeting Dates—Current

The Board meeting minutes are provided for the information and convenience of constituents who want to follow the Board’s deliberations. All of the conclusions reported are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings. Decisions become final only after a formal written ballot to issue a final standard.

*March 22, 2017 Board Meeting—Decisions regarding cross currency basis spreads and the recognition of amounts excluded from assessments of effectiveness
March 8, 2017 Board Meeting—Decisions regarding the market yield test for use of benchmark coupon cash flows and the “last of layer” approach for fair value hedges of interest rate risk of prepayable instruments.
February 15, 2017 Board Meeting—Decisions regarding returning to qualitative assessments of hedge effectiveness after performing a quantitative assessment of hedge effectiveness and changes to the requirements for private company hedge documentation.
January 25, 2017 Board Meeting—Discussion about the feedback received on September 8, 2016 proposed Accounting Standards Update, and discuss items for affirmation and potential items for redeliberation based on the feedback received on the proposed Update.
July 13, 2016 Board Meeting—Decisions regarding sweep issues, cost and benefits, and permission to ballot.
March 23, 2016 Board Meeting—Decisions regarding transition alternatives
December 21, 2015 Board Meeting—Decisions regarding additional hedge documentation relief for private companies.
October 7, 2015 Board Meeting—Decisions regarding net investment hedges, the treatment of excluded components for cash flow hedges and net investment hedges, the use of the total coupon cash flows in fair value hedges, sub-benchmark hedges, and contract features that limit exposure in cash flow hedges of nonfinancial items.
June 29, 2015 Board Meeting—Decisions regarding the qualifying threshold, component hedging for nonfinancial items, benchmark interest rates, application issues related to fair value hedges of interest rate risk, the shortcut method, and presentation and disclosures.
June 10, 2015 Board Meeting—Discussions about hedges of benchmark interest rate risk and overall changes to the hedge accounting model.
May 27, 2015 Board Meeting—Discussions about the presentation of hedge ineffectiveness, disclosures related to cumulative-basis adjustments in fair value hedges, tabular disclosures about the effect of hedge accounting on statement of financial performance line items, and hedge documentation requirements.
April 22, 2015 Board Meeting—Discussions about selected benchmark interest rate hedging issues, shortcut and critical terms match methods, and the effectiveness threshold for hedges of financial assets and liabilities.
April 7, 2015 Board Meeting—Discussions about the presentation of hedge ineffectiveness, defining a reasonably effective threshold, fair value hedges of nonfinancial items, disclosures for hedges of nonfinancial items, and qualitative effectiveness testing.
February 25, 2015 Board Meeting—Discussions about the effectiveness threshold and qualitative versus quantitative testing of hedge effectiveness, as well as component hedging for nonfinancial items.
November 5, 2014 Board Meeting—Project added to the technical agenda
September 23, 2014 Board Meeting—Discussions about feedback received on the hedge accounting portion of the Board’s May 2010 proposed Accounting Standards Update. The Board also discussed their preferences regarding the approach in carrying out the hedge accounting project.
January 29, 2014 Board Meeting—Decision to perform research on the scope of the hedge accounting phase of the project
May 2, 2012 Education Session—Discussions about the major themes that emerged through outreach efforts with financial statement users regarding derivatives and hedge accounting.
November 30, 2011 Education Session—Discussions about the IASB’s hedge accounting model, presented by the IASB staff. Click here for the slides used in the IASB’s presentation.
August 24, 2011 Board Meeting—Discussions about the comments received on the Invitation to Comment, Selected Issues about Hedge Accounting
March 16, 2011 Joint Board Meeting—Discussions about the outreach and comment letter summaries on the IASB’s Exposure Draft.
Click here for minutes of public meetings on the accounting for financial instruments project that were held related to the issuance of the May 2010 proposed Update on financial instruments.

Contact Information

Jeff Gabello
Supervising Project Manager
jjgabello@fasb.org

Adam Kamhi
Valuation Fellow
akamhi@fasb.org

Julie Um
Assistant Project Manager
jcum@fasb.org

Rosemarie Sangiuolo
Project Consultant
rsangiuolo@fasb.org

Andrew Thornburg
Practice Fellow
athornburg@fasb.org

Caro Baumann
Postgraduate Technical Assistant
cbaumann@fasb.org

Shane Kinley
Postgraduate Technical Assistant
skinley@fasb.org