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Forward Contract Accounting

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Forward Contract Accounting

Please note you should always seek expert advice from a qualified accountant. The below details are included for information purposes only, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy, the information is also subject to changes in future. We hope the overview is useful and recommend seeking expert advice from a qualified accountant.

Accounting for FX forward contracts involves recognising and measuring the contract on the balance sheet and recognising any changes in the fair value of the contract in the income statement. The specific accounting treatment depends on whether the FX forward contract qualifies as a hedging instrument under the accounting standards.

Hedging Instruments:

If an FX forward contract qualifies for hedge accounting, it is used to hedge the exposure to changes in foreign currency exchange rates, and the accounting treatment depends on the type of hedge:

a. Fair Value Hedges: If the FX forward contract is designated and effective as a fair value hedge, any changes in the fair value of the contract are recognised in the income statement along with the corresponding changes in the fair value of the hedged item. Both the FX forward contract and the hedged item are adjusted to reflect the changes in fair value.

b. Cash Flow Hedges: If the FX forward contract is designated and effective as a cash flow hedge, changes in the fair value of the contract are initially recognised in other comprehensive income (OCI) and then reclassified to the income statement when the hedged item affects the income statement. The effective portion of the hedge is recognised in OCI, while any ineffective portion is recognised immediately in the income statement. The accumulated gains or losses in OCI are subsequently reclassified to the income statement when the hedged item affects the income statement.

It’s important to note that accounting standards may vary depending on the specific jurisdiction and applicable accounting framework. Additionally, the treatment of FX forward contracts for accounting purposes should comply with the specific requirements and guidance provided by the relevant accounting standards, including documentation and effectiveness testing. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with accounting professionals or refer to the applicable accounting standards for detailed guidance on the accounting treatment of FX forward contracts in a specific context.

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