FX Risk

Tackling Balance Sheet FX

Tackling Balance Sheet FX

FX risk management is filled with nuances affecting how some exposures are commonly hedged versus others, but there is one crucial differentiator dividing two very different approaches – that of forecast versus balance sheet exposures. This is the first delineation to be made when we characterize FX exposures.

Is There Such a Thing as “Too Expensive” to Hedge?

Is There Such a Thing as “Too Expensive” to Hedge?

It is said that the two happiest days in boat owners’ lives are the day they buy the boat, and the day they sell it.  If you own a boat, you understand this ism based on the money and effort it costs to keep a boat. Executives feel the same fervor when their operations expand into fast growing economies with large populations…

Identifying FX Exposures: A Critical Step in Developing an FX Risk Strategy

Identifying FX Exposures: A Critical Step in Developing an FX Risk Strategy

In an earlier article, we helped you build a foundation for your FX risk management strategy with a “brick and mortar” analogy… the process of collecting exposure data and executing hedges we described as “bricks,” and risk measurement and analysis using VAR and confidence intervals were described as “mortar.” This article will discuss a crucial step in your foundation-building process: gathering accurateFX exposure data.

How to Convince your CXO to Hedge Forex

How to Convince your CXO to Hedge Forex

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said (via Sherlock Holmes), “When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” An unexplained, or otherwise anticipated “no” to the question of hedging FX is like a mystery. The way to decipher why executives won’t hedge, and convince them to act, is to remove the possible arguments against hedging, one by one.

Why Not to Not Hedge Your FX Risk

Why Not to Not Hedge Your FX Risk

If only executives spoke as parents do to their children: Mom, can I…? No. Why not? Because you did not eat your vegetables. Or, the infamous, because I said no. At least you’d know there is or isn’t a chance to change their view and what action is required…

FX Budget Rates: Confident Becomes You

FX Budget Rates: Confident Becomes You

Treasurers and risk managers who’ve been around the block recognize that fluctuating market rates rapidly affect their ability to capture that rate.

This article focuses on how you can set budget rates and align your FX strategy to increase confidence that your company will convert its forecast exposures at the budgeted conversion rate.

A Dose of Reality: Rethinking FX Budget Rates

A Dose of Reality: Rethinking FX Budget Rates

We all daydream of winning the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. A cushion of $25,000 per month would go a long way to pay bills, save money for rainy days, and build a retirement nest egg. Alas, the probability of such a stroke of luck is miniscule. 

The SNB Crisis 3 Years Later: Lessons for your Business

The SNB Crisis 3 Years Later: Lessons for your Business

The Swiss National Bank sent shockwaves across global financial markets on January 15, 2015, when it abandoned its exchange rate floor that had up to the point pegged the Swiss franc to the euro. What businesses can do to avoid fallouts like this in the future?

Protect your Profits with Cash Flow Visibility & Risk Management

Protect your Profits with Cash Flow Visibility & Risk Management

FX volatility can negatively impact corporate earnings, leave the bottom line of a business in bad shape, and ultimately diminish shareholder value. How can corporates mitigate the problems caused volatility and turn it into opportunity?