Chapter 9Managing Transaction Exposure to Currency Risk

He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.

— Benjamin Franklin

Transaction exposure to currency risk is defined as change in the value of monetary (contractual) cash flows due to an unexpected change in exchange rates. The good news is that transaction exposures are relatively easy to identify and manage, either by offsetting transactions within the firm or through external financial market hedges. This chapter covers transaction exposure management.

9.1 Transaction Exposure to Currency Risk

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