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Currency matching by non-financial corporations

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  • Harasztosi, Péter
  • Kátay, Gábor

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The paper investigates firms’ willingness to match the currency composition of their assets and liabilities. Using detailed information at the loan contract level for the Hungarian non-financial corporate sector, the paper provides strong evidence to support the theory that currency matching plays a role in exporters’ debt currency choices. However, natural hedging is not the primary motive for firms to choose a foreign currency: it explains only 3.8 per cent of the overall new corporate foreign currency loans contracted by exporters and 2.9 per cent of the aggregate new foreign currency bank loans. Besides hedging, our results suggest that both carry trade and diversification strategies are relevant factors in firms’ currency-of-denomination decisions. Supply side factors are also found to be responsible for the prevalence of foreign currency loans among Hungarian corporate borrowers.

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  • Harasztosi, Péter & Kátay, Gábor, 2020. "Currency matching by non-financial corporations," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 113(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:113:y:2020:i:c:s0378426620300066
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2020.105739
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    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems

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