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Risk Management with Supply Contracts

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  • Heitor Almeida
  • Kristine Watson Hankins
  • Ryan Williams

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Purchase obligations are forward contracts with suppliers and are used more broadly than traded commodity derivatives. This paper is the first to document that these contracts are a risk management tool and have a material impact on corporate hedging activity. Firms that expand their risk management options following the introduction of steel futures contracts substitute financial hedging for purchase obligations. Contracting frictions – such as bargaining power and settlement risk – as well as potential hold-up issues associated with relationship-specific investment affects the use of purchase obligations in the cross-section as well as how firms respond to the introduction of steel futures.

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  • Heitor Almeida & Kristine Watson Hankins & Ryan Williams, 2017. "Risk Management with Supply Contracts," NBER Working Papers 23331, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:23331 Note: CF
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    • 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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