hedging techniques that firms use to manage currency risk

hedging techniques that firms use to manage currency risk

Faculty of Business Environment and Society

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Learning Outcomes Assessed

The following learning outcomes are being assessed..

2.  Compare the financial products available on international markets
3. Devise and apply appropriate strategies using derivatives to manage currency risk.
4. Critically evaluate the use of derivative instruments to manage currency risk.

Assessment Criteria

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COURSEWORK QUESTION:

There are four different commonly used financial hedging techniques and some operational hedging techniques that firms use to manage currency risk.

1) Drawing on literature, critically evaluate all relevant hedging techniques used by large firms. Illustrate your arguments with appropriate examples / cases / empirical studies review.
(35 marks)

2) Drawing on literature, critically evaluate all relevant hedging techniques used by small firms. Illustrate your arguments with appropriate examples / cases / empirical studies review.
(35 marks)

3) Compare the similarities and differences of the use of these hedging techniques by large and small firms.
(30 marks)

Introductory Section
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Body of project
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Strength and depth of analysis (30%)    Too much reliance on written sources and undigested material. Little analysis.    Little personal input. Mainly from written sources. Some analysis.      Clear and informed analysis of subject matter. Well used real cases/data/empirical studies review to support discussion.
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