Measuring Efficiency of Using Currency Derivatives to Hedge Foreign Exchange Risk: A Study on Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) in Bangladesh
International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management Sciences
Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2016, Pages: 57-66
Received: Feb. 11, 2016; Accepted: Feb. 24, 2016; Published: Mar. 7, 2016
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Nusrat Jahan, Department of Business Adminstration, Uttara University, Uttara, Dhaka
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Firms with greater growth opportunities and tighter financial constraints are more likely to use currency derivatives. This suggests that firms might use derivatives to reduce cash flow variation that might otherwise preclude firms from investing in valuable growth opportunities. Although in Bangladesh, the use of currency derivatives to hedge foreign exchange risk is not popular among the existing firms engaged in foreign exchange transactions, there are a few firms such as ACI & General Motors etc with extensive foreign exchange-rate exposure and economies of scale in hedging activities are more likely to use currency derivatives. This is because, given the potential shifts in the supply of or demand for currency, firms and individuals who have assets denominated in foreign currencies can be affected favorably or unfavorably. These firms may want to alter their currency exposure in order to grab benefit or hedge risk from the expected movements of exchange rates. This study provides a detailed analysis along with a background on currency derivatives which are commonly used by some of large firms existing in Bangladesh in order to capitalize on or hedge against expected exchange rate exposures measured by these firms. In this paper, we have also divulged an analytical framework for measuring exchange rate exposures accelerating the use of currency derivatives in foreign exchange market of Bangladesh.
Currency Derivatives, ACI Ltd., Exposures, Hedging, Speculation
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Nusrat Jahan, Measuring Efficiency of Using Currency Derivatives to Hedge Foreign Exchange Risk: A Study on Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) in Bangladesh, International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management Sciences. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016, pp. 57-66. doi: 10.11648/j.ijefm.20160402.14
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