Reference Rate Reforms (Completed)

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Instructor: Pat Patterson
Begin Time:  12:00pm Pacific Time
1:00pm Mountain Time
2:00pm Central Time
3:00pm Eastern Time
CPE Credit:  2 hours for CPAs

Reference rate reform refers to the global transition away from referencing the London Interbank Offered Rate—or LIBOR—and other interbank offered rates, and toward new reference rates that are more observable or transaction-based.

Currently, LIBOR is the most commonly used reference rate in the global financial market. However, concerns about the sustainability of LIBOR and other IBORs globally has led to an effort to identify alternative reference rates prior to late 2021 when LIBOR may no longer be used as an international benchmark. In the United States, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee convened by the Federal Reserve has identified the Secured Overnight Financing Rate as its preferred alternative reference rate to U.S. dollar LIBOR.Because the long-standing use of LIBOR as an international benchmark will likely cease in late 2021, the FASB has taken proactive steps to stay ahead of the migration away from LIBOR to an alternate benchmark.

As an initial step, in October 2018, the Board issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2018-16, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Inclusion of the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) Overnight Index Swap (OIS) Rate as a Benchmark Interest Rate for Hedge Accounting Purposes.

The amendments in this proposed Update would provide optional expedients and exceptions for applying generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to contracts, hedging relationships, and other transactions affected by reference rate reform if certain criteria are met. The amendments in this proposed Update would apply only to contracts and hedging relationships that reference LIBOR or another reference rate expected to be discontinued due to reference rate reform. The proposed expedients and exceptions provided by the amendments would not apply to contract modifications made and hedging relationships entered into or evaluated after December 31, 2022.

Who Should Attend
The amendments in this proposed course would be elective and would apply to all entities, subject to meeting certain criteria, for contract modifications or hedging relationships that are referencing LIBOR or another reference rate expected to be discontinued due to reference rate reform. Therefore, any professional that is involved with an entity that is referencing LIBOR or another reference rate expected to be discontinued due to reference rate reform

Topics Covered

  • What is LIBOR?
  • Optional expedients
  • Contract modifications that replace a reference rate affected by reference rate reform
  • Exceptions
  • Optional Expedients for Cash Flow Hedges
  • Effective dates
  • Secured Overnight Financing Rate
  • What is a "SWAP"?

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the terms used in Reference Rate Reform
  • Recognize and apply various auditing tools for Reference Rate Reform
  • Identify optional expedients

Level
Intermediate

Instructional Method
Group: Internet-based

NASBA Field of Study
Accounting (2 hours)

Program Prerequisites
General understanding of GAAP.

Advance Preparation
None

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