Nahum Melumad

Comparing Alternative Hedge Accounting Standards: Shareholders' Perspectives

Coauthor(s): Guy Weyns, Amir Ziv.

Abstract:
We study the economic consequences of alternative hedge accounting rules in terms of managerial hedging decisions and wealth effects for shareholders. The rules we consider include the "fair-value" and "cash-flow" hedge accounting methods prescribed by the recent SFAS No. 133. We illustrate that the accounting method used influences the manager's hedge decision. We show that under no-hedge accounting, the hedge choice is different from the optimal economic hedge the firm would make under symmetric and public information. However, under a certain definition of fair-value hedge accounting, the hedging decision preserves the optimal economic hedge. We then demonstrate that long-term and future shareholders prefer a certain definition of fair-value hedge accounting to no-hedge accounting, while short-term shareholders prefer either approach depending on risk preferences and the level of uncertainty. We speculate about circumstances in which a manager would choose not to adopt fair-value hedge accounting when he has the option not to do so.

Source: Review of Accounting Studies
Exact Citation:
Melumad, Nahum, Guy Weyns, and Amir Ziv. "Comparing Alternative Hedge Accounting Standards: Shareholders' Perspectives." Review of Accounting Studies 4, no. 3-4 (1999): 265-92.
Volume: 4
Number: 3-4
Pages: 265-92
Date: 1999