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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. 

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, January 29

Five Things the Markets are Talking About: Monday, January 29

On Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee gathers for Chair Janet Yellen’s final meeting on interest rates before her term ends. It's also jobs week in the U.S. and employers are expected to have added more jobs in January than previous months.

FX for Corporates: 5 Best Practices for Treasurers

FX for Corporates: 5 Best Practices for Treasurers

In the FX world, the ability to master the market isn't considered a luxury for treasury specialists – it's a necessity. How can corporate treasury departments successfully handle risk management, cash management, FX exposure, hedging practices, and data analysis?

FX in the Age of Central Bank Activism: What have we Learned?

FX in the Age of Central Bank Activism: What have we Learned?

We take a look back at this blog series that tackles the increasing role of Central Banks and what challenges treasurers, CFOs, and financial professionals might face.

Latin America’s Tug of War: Central Bank determination versus Political Upheaval

Latin America’s Tug of War: Central Bank determination versus Political Upheaval

Latin America’s Central Banks are working feverishly towards stability, but find themselves undermined by a persistent foe: political turmoil. We examine the surprises that financial professionals may find when factoring in the region’s diverse Central Bank activity. 

The Crypto Conundrum: Planning for Central Bank Adoption of Digital Currency

The Crypto Conundrum: Planning for Central Bank Adoption of Digital Currency

Record-setting prices for cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, have caught the attention of the South African Central Bank who looked to issue their own digital currency. But where does cryptocurrency fit in with monetary policy?

Interview: OANDA CEO Vatsa Narasimha On the Future of Payments

Interview: OANDA CEO Vatsa Narasimha On the Future of Payments

How will innovations in the FX fintech arena shape the global payments industry?

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday, March 20

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Monday, March 20

Market volatility remains low across markets as dealers and investors attempt to evaluate how sustainable the hopeful global economic recovery is.

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday January 5, 2017

Five Things The Markets Are Talking About: Thursday January 5, 2017

Fed minutes released yesterday revealed that apart from a unanimous agreement to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade last month, the committee expressed concerns as to the results of future Trump policies, with a view to maintain a “wait-and-see approach.”