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Trends in the Interest Rate Environment and New Accounting Standards Update for ASC 815 (ASU 2017-12)

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017
11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
Where: Jax Cafe
1928 University Avenue N.E.
Minneapolis 55418
United States
Presenter: Craig Haymaker, CPA – Chief Operating Officer and Merc Morse, Manager - Valuation for HedgeStar
Contact: Kathy Grabowski

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Trends in the interest rate environment and new Accounting Standards Update for ASC 815 (ASU 2017-12)


Our speakers:  Craig Haymaker, CPA and Merc Morse from HedgeStar will discuss recent trends in the interest rate environment, and the impact on interest-related valuations observed in the post-election era. Hedgers of rates are now able to account for those strategies more efficiently through ASU 2017-12 – Published 8/28/17 – Which further aligns accounting results with risk management practices. New concepts have been introduced to hedge accounting requirements, which are expected to allow more and more companies to apply hedge accounting to their risk management strategies.

This intermediate level program will meet the following learning objectives:

  • Attendees will be given the tools to understand the current interest rate environment and how valuations are impacted
  • Attendees will find out the impact of new hedge accounting rules and how companies can benefit.

Speaker Bio:  Craig Haymaker, CPA – Chief Operating Officer/HedgeStar
Mr. Haymaker oversees the hedge accounting and valuation groups. He is a subject matter expert in hedge accounting with over nine years of professional accounting and audit experience. Mr. Haymaker has held positions with top companies including Deloitte & Touche LLP and Liberty Mutual Group with a focus on investments and capital markets. Most recently, he held the position of Audit Project Manager in Corporate Audit Services at U.S. Bank within the Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Treasury/Basel groups.

Speaker Bio:  Merc Morse/Manager - Valuation, HedgeStar
Mr. Morse has 25+ years of experience in the financial services industry in operational and quality assurance roles. He’s a domain expert in valuations for a broad array of financial instruments, including commodity transactions, foreign exchange contracts, municipal bonds, and interest rate hedges.

Participants can earn 1.0 CTP/CCM/FP&A credit or 1.0 CPE credit.

Additional Information:

Program Level - Intermediate Delivery Method - Group Live
Prerequisite - None

Advanced Preparation - A handout will be sent to all registered participants to read before the session.

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LUNCH:  Roast turkey breast - Sliced turkey breast, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy and fresh vegetable, bread and butter service, coffee or tea. Dessert: Baked apple crisp, fresh baked apples topped with cinnamon crumble.

Registration Pricing:

  • Member Pricing $35.00 per person through Tuesday, November 7, 2017, after Tuesday pricing is $45 per member.
  • Non-Member Pricing $49.00 per person through Tuesday, November 7, 2017, after Tuesday pricing is $59.00 per non-member.


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