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1 May 2014 Financial Analysts Journal Volume 70, Issue 3

Valuing Derivatives: Funding Value Adjustments and Fair Value

  1. John Hull
  2. Alan White

The authors examined whether a bank should make a funding value adjustment (FVA) when valuing derivatives. They conclude that an FVA is justifiable only for the part of a company’s credit spread that does not reflect default risk. They show that an FVA can lead to conflicts between traders and accountants. The types of transactions a bank enters into with end users will depend on how high its funding costs are. Furthermore, an FVA can give rise to arbitrage opportunities for end users.

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