Buy-side firms often separate the management of currency
risk from asset allocation and security selection
decisions and therefore manage currency hedging implementation
as a separate operational process. This can result in
implementation blind spots. Most buy-side firms focus their efforts
on optimizing the hedge ratio and strategy decisions based on
forecast movements in exchange rates, valuation, interest rate
differentials, and other perceived risk factors.
The sell-side's focus on spot forecasting, minimization
of self-executed spot transaction costs, targeting hedge
funds, and high turnover speculators have resulted in
blind spots and leakages in the buy-side implementation
process that could be mitigated through a
better understanding of currency as a risk asset class.
This article highlights critical implementation and risk
considerations that are often misunderstood by buyside firms
in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities.
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