Asian currency hedgers to be hit by ‘fatal flaw’ in new accounting rules

A major change is needed to correct new hedge accounting rules, which could restrict derivatives use by Asian firms hedging their foreign currency exposures

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The hedge accounting standard for derivatives introduced by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in September requiring the currency basis element of a hedge to move to the profit and loss section of the balance sheet will lead to greater volatility for Asian firms.

In hedge accounting, entries for the ownership of a security and the opposing hedge are treated as one, which reduces the volatility created by mark-to-market adjustments. But paragraph B6.5.5 of IFRS 9 of the revised

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