A new U.S. accounting standard that makes it easier to account for hedges is likely to encourage more corporates to hedge.

The Financial Accounting Standards Board voted last month to finalize the new hedge accounting standard, and the final standard is due out in August.

Companies interested in using the new standard won't have to wait long. The effective date is the start of 2019 for public companies and the start of 2020 for private companies, but businesses are allowed to adopt the new standard early.

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Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly is a business journalist who has written for Treasury & Risk, FierceCFO, Global Finance, Financial Week, Bridge News and The Bond Buyer.