Currency risk exists in most corporations as well in many investment portfolios. In the case of corporations, the presence of currency exposure is not always well identified, monitored or managed. Also, the risk of currency exposures from a FX market perspective or from a FX transaction perspective is not always fully understood and therefore not effectively managed. Corporations may have foreign exchange risk due to business activities/undertakings which result in assets or liabilities denominated in the currency of countries other than the home currency of the corporation in question and may not be identified and evaluated. It is important that a corporation understands the presence of its currency exposures and have policies and procedures for managing its currency exposures and the execution of its FX transactions.
1. Hedging or not to hedge
a. Methods of hedging
2. Execution of FX transactions
3. Confirmation of FX transactions
4. Settlement of FX transactions
To establish a framework of thought for developing or refining a corporation’s or an investment manager’s currency management policies and procedures. A corporation must know the degree of currency exposure present in its businesses and a portfolio manager must know the currency exposures in the portfolios it manages. It must also have well defined and constructed policies and procedures for managing its currency exposures as well as providing for the sound execution of its FX transactions. This essential to the effective management of this major area of risk. Currency exposure management can be very complex in nature depending on the primary business activities of a corporation and the nature of its currency exposures.
In addition, many corporations, as well as asset managers, are not fully appreciative of the risks associated with the components of a foreign exchange transaction. This presentation provides for a thorough review and understanding of currency exposure management within a corporation by addressing the thought process for identifying and monitoring the presence of currency exposures within a corporation and within an investment portfolio and establishing, for both corporations and investment managers, the practices for the ongoing management of its FX market exposures and the execution of it FX transaction requirements.
This presentation will address the identification of a corporation’s possible currency exposures, the market and transactional risks associated with such exposure and the management of these currency risks. The review of the management of the execution of FX transactions in this presentation as well as the review of legitimacy risk will also be of value to the management of currency exposures in investment portfolios as well as to banks that are currency service providers.
Robert Geary is the founder of Greenwich Risk Management Advisory Services "LLC" and services as the principal consultant on many of the firm's consultancy mandates. He has been a banking and finance industry professional for 43 years with 34 years serving in a variety of senior Treasury, financial market, asset management, and risk management roles at JP Morgan Chase & Co. For the last 6 years of his career with JP Morgan Chase, Robert had undertaken risk management oversight roles that have included Head of Market, Credit and Operational Risk Management for Chase Asset Management and being Managing Director of Fiduciary Risk Management for the Corporation.
During his career, Robert has served on the Board of Directors of Chase Manhattan Overseas Banking Corporation as well as having served on numerous senior committees. Prior to joining Chase, he held positions at Chemical Bank, Chrysler Financial Corporation and National Bank of North America.
Robert holds a BA degree in Economics from Pace University and did graduate studies in finance at New York University Graduate School of Business. He is a Past President of the New York Athletic Club and is currently a member of the Executive Advisory Board of St. John's University Department of Accounting and Taxation.