Derivatives and the Non-executive Director
Do non-executive directors have the wherewithal to overview a corporation's integrity, quality of performance and management in the area of derivatives policy? In a survey of the understanding and monitoring of derivatives in a small sample of quoted companies, we found disturbing levels of ignorance among independent directors. Whilst three quarters of non-executive directors surveyed favoured the use of derivatives in appropriate circumstances, namely hedging, over two-thirds confessed to an inadequate knowledge on the topic of derivatives. Also, we found a series of naïve and dangerous views expressed by many participants in our survey of derivatives and the non-executive director.
Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
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