A high amount of SMEs with considerable operations in foreign currencies don't protect themselves against FX risk. These companies, many of which record revenues of around $200 million per year, simply don't approach FX management as there is no specialist in-house FX risk manager. Instead, they expose themselves to the whims of the currency market.
A raft of new geopolitical events, like, among other things, the U.S. tax law reform, a NAFTA exodus, and a Brexit reboot in Europe, could be a taxation game-changer for companies doing business overseas. That's especially the case as a new year beckons.
Overall, the global corporate tax landscape has changed dramatically in the aftermath of U.S. tax reform passed and signed into law at the end of 2017, and as its enactment creates ripples across the globe, even in late 2018.
With NAFTA on the way out after months of intense negotiations, the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade agreement is coming to fruition soon in advance of a country-by-country vote in a few weeks.
In this article, we focus on the key takeaways for CFOs to get up to speed on the economic impacts for consumers and businesses, the major financial points, and geopolitical implications of the new USMCA agreement.