Consider the relative merits of options and futures to hedgers Diana Ruthenberg Author
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Essay from the year 2005 in the subject Business economics - Investment and Finance, grade: 1,7, University of Plymouth, course: Finance, language: English, abstract: Firstly, this report will depict briefly the notion of hedging and than emphasize the characteristics of a futures contract and an options contract. Then it aims to discuss the differences between both contracts and their role as an important risk management tool to remove risk. In the course of a globalised world, an increasing number of companies have trade partners not only on a national basis but also on an international basis. This in turn has led to the fact that companies trading on an international basis have been concerned about fluctuations in all kinds of financial prices. Financial prices include foreign exchange rates, interest rates, commodity prices and equity prices, whereas the foreign exchange rate has become the biggest issue for many companies (Sooran, C., 2005). The effect of changes in these prices on reported earnings can be overwhelming, so that companies try to protect themselves against exchange rate fluctuations which entail exchange rate risk, by using options and futures


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