A practical and accessible guide that demystifies ForEx risk for managers in all areas of business Virtually any organisation active in the global economy is impacted by fluctuations in foreign exchange (FX or ForEx) markets. Managers need to understand this increasingly complex issue and measure their firm’s exposure to risk. Corporate Foreign Exchange Risk Management is an in-depth yet accessible guide on effective ForEx exposure management. Designed for professionals responsible for managing a profit & loss or balance sheet influenced by ForEx fluctuations, it enables risk managers to navigate the interconnected worlds of financial management and economics. This innovative guide integrates academic discussion of the economics of risk management decisions and pragmatic advice for various situations in which performance measures affected by accounting standards are paid considerable attention. Readers are provided with the tools and knowledge required to handle a broad range of issues related to ForEx risk management. Clear, non-technical chapters demystify concepts that often appear complicated and confusing to managers. Written by globally-recognised experts in corporate finance, risk management and international business, this book: Employs a reader-friendly narrative style to explain complex concepts Provides a clear, actionable risk management strategy which can be used in a variety of businesses Places all concepts in relatable, real-world contexts Explains important academic research to practitioners in plain English Includes effective pedagogical tools and explanations, straightforward examples and end-of-chapter summaries which highlight key points Corporate Foreign Exchange Risk Management is a must-read for any manager who deals with corporate exposure to ForEx risk, as well as analysts wishing to better understand the relation between corporate performance and ForEx fluctuations and students of corporate risk management.
Since I first published Management of Foreign Exchange Risk (Lexington Books, 1978), financial innovation-spurred, in part, by exploding volatility in currency prices-has revolutionized the theory and praxis of foreign exchange risk management. Old-fashioned forward contracts have surrendered market share to currency swaps and options as well as to their perpetually multiplying derivatives. Interestingly, forex derivatives now provide a low cost and highly efficient method of transferring risk from the firms that are exposed to risk but which would rather not be (i. e. , risk-hedgers) to those which are not exposed but which-in exchange for a fee-would assume some exposure to risk (i. e. , risk bearers). Perhaps more importantly, foreign exchange risk management, which was once a fairly mechanical task confmed to the international treasury function, is now permeating global strategic management. Indeed, since the demise of the Bretton Woods system of pegged exchange rates, the cost of forex hedging instruments has fallen so dramatically that firms can readily avail themselves of hedging products which can reduce unwanted risk, thereby potentially gaining a competitive advantage over rivals that do not. Management and Control of Foreign Exchange Risk has grown out of a fundamental revision of my earlier work published almost 20 years ago. In the process, my thinking about risk and its mathematics has greatly benefitted from my association with John Cozzolino and Charles Tapiero.
The volatility of European currency rates after a period of relative stability has brought a new focus to foreign exchange rate exposure management issues. Corporations of all sizes source & sell in overseas markets & compete both at home & abroad with foreign companies. As a result, derivatives such as currency swaps, futures & options, which came into common use just over a decade ago, have become a permanent fixture. Corporate treasury departments concerned with foreign exchange are working less as independent units & are more involved with business unit managers. The researchers surveyed the foreign exchange practices of 22 corporations to illustrate the best practices for the benefit of companies of all sizes in a variety of industries & to highlight the most important issues for the corporate financial officer. Glossary & bibliography included. Excellent supplementary reading for courses in international business & accounting. Order from: Professional Book Distributors, P.O. Box 6996, Alpharetta, GA 30239-6996. Call 1-800-680-FERF or FAX (770) 442-5114.