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The FASB recently issued ASU 2017-11 (Part I) Accounting for Certain Financial Instruments with Down Round Features, (Part II) Replacement of the Indefinite Deferral for Mandatorily Redeemable Financial Instruments of Certain Nonpublic Entities and Certain Mandatorily Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests with a Scope Exception to simplify the accounting for certain financial instruments with down round features. This new standard will reduce income statement volatility for many companies that issue warrants and convertible instruments containing such features. It is available here, and becomes effective for public companies in 2019 and all other entities in 2020.

The FASB recently issued ASU 2017-12 Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities to improve its hedge accounting guidance. This new standard simplifies and expands the eligible hedging strategies for financial and nonfinancial risks. It also enhances the transparency of how hedging results are presented and disclosed. Further, the new standard provides partial relief on the timing of certain aspects of hedge documentation and eliminates the requirement to recognize hedge ineffectiveness separately in earnings. The ASU is available here, and becomes effective for public companies in 2019 and all other entities in 2020. Early adoption is permitted.

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