Reference Rate Reform
OverviewThe FASB issued Update 2020-04 to provide temporary optional guidance to ease the potential burden in accounting for reference rate reform.
The amendments in Update 2020-04 are elective and apply to all entities that have contracts, hedging relationships, and other transactions that reference LIBOR or another reference rate expected to be discontinued.
The new guidance provides the following optional expedients:
- Simplify accounting analyses under current GAAP for contract modifications.
- Simplify the assessment of hedge effectiveness and allow hedging relationships affected by reference rate reform to continue.
- Allow a one-time election to sell or transfer debt securities classified as held to maturity that reference a rate affected by reference rate reform.