Optimizing Currency Risk Management - An Introduction to FAS 133 and ASC 815

Online Seminar
October 27, 2011

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

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Companies increasingly generate revenues and incur costs in different currencies, creating currency risk. Heightened volatility in the foreign exchange markets has increased the level of risk that companies face, even as their exposures grow.

Foreign currency hedge programs are designed to address that risk by protecting profitability and improving visibility. There are accounting rules that allow the protection and visibility of the hedge to be reflected in your financial statements.

In this presentation we will review briefly how hedge programs protect a company's cash. We will then discuss how standard hedge accounting works, followed by an overview of the benefits of "special cash flow hedge accounting."

Questions we will address during this seminar include:

  • What do (and don't) hedge programs deliver?
  • What are the benefits, costs and risks of "special hedge" accounting?
  • Given all the "red tape," when does special hedge accounting make sense?
  • What are the key requirements to qualify for hedge accounting?

Helen Kane, President, Hedge Trackers LLC
Dave Bhagat, Senior International Advisor, Silicon Valley Bank

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