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The Term Structure Of Currency Hedge Ratios

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  • OLAF KORN

    () (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Centre for Financial Research Cologne (CFR), Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3, D-37073 Göttingen, Germany)

  • PHILIPP KOZIOL

    () (Deutsche Bundesbank and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Wilhelm-Epstein-Straße 14, D-60431 Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

Abstract

This paper investigates the variance minimizing currency forward hedge of an exporting firm that is exposed to different sources of risk. In an empirical study, we quantify the corresponding hedge ratios of a "typical" German firm for different hedge horizons. Based on cointegrated vector autoregressive models of prices, interest rates and exchange rates, we show that hedge ratios decrease substantially with the hedge horizon for different currencies, reaching values of one half or less for a ten-years horizon. Our findings can partly explain underhedging of long-term exchange rate exposures and have important implications for the design of risk management strategies.

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  • Olaf Korn & Philipp Koziol, 2011. "The Term Structure Of Currency Hedge Ratios," International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance (IJTAF), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 14(04), pages 525-557.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijtafx:v:14:y:2011:i:04:n:s0219024911006723
    DOI: 10.1142/S0219024911006723
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    Keywords

    Corporate risk management; foreign exchange risk; hedging; cointegrated VAR model;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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