The Association Between Firm Characteristics and the Use of a Comprehensive Corporate Hedging Strategy: An Ordered Probit Analysis
We investigate the potential factors that influence the corporate decision to collectively use foreign currency; interest rate; and commodity derivatives and foreign debt. Our Australian results show that firm size (‘scale economies’ hypothesis); leverage (‘financial distress cost’ hypothesis); and block holdings are positively associated with the comprehensive hedging decision, while executive shareholdings has a negative association. However, we do not find any support for the underinvestment or managerial risk aversion hypotheses.
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