IMPORTANCE OF HEDGING

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Corporations in which individual investors place their money have exposure to fluctuations in all kinds of financial prices, as a natural by-product of their operations. Financial prices include foreign exchange rates, interest rates, commodity prices and equity prices. The effect of changes in these prices on reported earnings can be overwhelming

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IMPORTANCE OF HEDGINGCorporations in which individual investors place their money have exposure to fluctuations in all kinds of financial prices, as a natural by-product of their operations. Financial prices include foreign exchange rates, interest rates, commodity prices and equity prices. The effect of changes in these prices on reported earnings can be overwhelming. Often, you will hear companies say in their financial statements that their income was reduced by falling commodity prices or that they enjoyed a windfall gain in profit attributable to the decline of the Canadian dollar.This article will give a brief overview of the different ways in which firms approach this financial price risk and it will introduce the rationale for using derivative products. While there has been a great deal of negative attention paid to derivatives in the mainstream press, the opportunities they provide make derivatives a necessary part of the future of any corporation. Future articles in this series will identify the benefits and drawbacks of individual derivatives structures and explain some of the breakdowns in the application of derivatives by corporate end-users.One reason why comp

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