Derivatives may be complex instruments, but they nevertheless have to be calculated, accounted for and reported on to investors and other users of financial information.The Financial Accounting Standards Board tried to settle the issue when it issued Statement 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities in 1998, but people who read financial statements still had questions. For example, how do derivatives activities impact a company's operations? And how does a given derivative relate to a given risk?'

In response, the board recently issued an exposure draft of a proposed amendment to Statement 133.

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