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Optimal Currency Hedging

  • Rui Albuquerque

    (Simon School of Business, University of Rochester)

This paper characterizes optimal currency hedging in several models of downside risk. We consider, in turn, three models of hedging: (i) a firm that chooses its hedging policy in the presence of bankruptcy costs; (ii) an all equity firm that faces a convex tax schedule; and (iii) a firm whose manager is subject to loss aversion. In all these models, and contrary to conventional wisdom, we show that forwards dominate options as hedges of downside risk.

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Date of creation: 06 May 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpfi:0405010
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