alexa A Note on Fair Value Accounting in a Crisis: The Influence of the Hedge Accounting Regulations
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A Note on Fair Value Accounting in a Crisis: The Influence of the Hedge Accounting Regulations

Leif Atle Beisland*

Department of Economics and Business Administration, University of Agder, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway

*Corresponding Author:
Leif Atle Beisland
Department of Economics and Business Administration
University of Agder, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway
E-mail: [email protected]

Published date: December 23, 2010

Abstract

The role of fair value accounting in the financial crisis is controversial and heavily debated. Some claim that fair value accounting of financial instruments contributed to the recent crisis. This note acknowledges that, in many industries, a significant proportion of the financial instruments are entered into for hedging purposes. I examine if a crisis, through the hedge accounting regulations, can affect the overall use of fair value accounting in an economy. I present analytical evidence that the boosting price volatility during the crisis lead to more companies complying with the hedge accounting requirements, and thus to an increased extent of hedge accounting at the expense of fair value accounting. Hence, the analysis suggests that the hedge effectiveness provisions ensure more hedge accounting in uncertain and turbulent times, which are exactly the periods when hedge accounting is especially called for.

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