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Corporate Hedging and Shareholder Value

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I need to know what corporate hedging is and will it increase shareholder value? Also, what are the advantages and disadvantages to this process? I would like references as well.

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What is Corporate Hedging?

Hedging is any technique or management strategy transaction used for the purpose of dealing with risks associated with fluctuations in prices of currencies, commodities, or financial statements are limited by offsetting the probability of loss in the ownership of an asset or security through the sue of derivative securities (My Nguyen, 2012). This can be accomplished by activities of buying and selling a forward contract, a futures contract, or an option to offset risk exposure in the cash market. Corporate hedging is using the strategy to protect the organizations exposure to foreign exchange risk. According to Professor of Finance, Ian H. Giddy (n.d), the goal of corporate hedging is not to eliminate all risks, but to change unacceptable risks into an acceptable situation. The challenge of an effective hedging program is determine this level of risk the firm is willing to ...

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