Mortgage lenders fret over FASB hedging proposals

Popular risk mitigation strategies could be sunk by new rules on the designation of hedges


Banks and derivatives end-users worry they will find it harder to hedge if a bumper package of US accounting reform proposals is implemented. The exposure draft, published on May 26, is the first attempt by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to rewrite the rules for financial instruments and touches on a host of topics that are close to the banking industry's heart. Among them are loan loss provisioning and hedge accounting - the latter of which is prompting squawks of alarm from

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