Risk Measurement and Hedging: With and Without Derivatives

Mitchell A. Petersen, S. Ramu Thiagarajan

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Abstract

This paper examines a setting in which the derivatives strategies of two firms are known, but completely different. One firm aggressively hedges its risk using derivatives. The other firm uses a combination of operating and financial decisions, but no derivatives, to manage its risk. The different choice of methods is a result of different abilities to adjust operating costs and different needs for investment capital. Managerial incentives also play a role. Although risk-averse managers have an incentive to reduce risk, how and how much they hedge depends on how they are compensated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-30
Number of pages26
JournalFinancial Management
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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