Your Last Call | International Treasury Management Virtual Week | September 27 – October 1

22-09-2021 | Eurofinance | treasuryXL |

It’s free, It’s Virtual…

International Treasury Management is the annual meeting place for 1000s of the World’s most senior treasurers to learn and share experiences in valuable peer to peer discussions. With a reputation for ground-breaking sessions and world-class speakers, our 30th anniversary event will explore the boundaries of the profession, take a glimpse into the future of business, treasury and working life as well as offer the practical case studies on the treasurer’s top agenda items.

Only one treasury event can deliver the comprehensive mix of big picture global insight and granular treasury knowledge you need to make the right choices for the future.


Back to the future, again

Over the past 30 years since EuroFinance’s inaugural conference on International Cash and Treasury Management, much has changed. Treasurers have firmly become business partners, technology experts, risk managers and opportunity spotters. They often lead fundamental change within the company as markets, business models and technology shifts.

What next? This event will delve into how treasury operations can gear up for the future, having learned the lessons from the past. Where, who, what and how will the corporate be in the coming years and what is treasury’s role?

Keynote sessions will offer big-picture insight alongside themed streams including:

  • Payments revisited
  • Risks and Rewards
  • Digital strategies
  • Practical solutions to day-to-day Treasury challenges
  • The power of partnership

What makes International Treasury Management the must-attend event of the year?

  • networking on a global scale – a significant rise in attendees in 2020 boosted the value networking with banks, providers and potential clients… all in one place
  • strategic insights and best practices – get solutions to the challenges you face from treasury and economic experts during keynotes, practical case studies, fireside chats, analytical panels and more
  • future trends – delve into the latest innovations and new technology driving change in treasury, and their practical applications
  • live Q&A with world-class treasurers – enjoy borderless networking and live Q&As with high-profile speakers directly after each session
  • cost and time-efficiency – tune in form anywhere in the world, at the click of a button with no long distance travel or accommodation costs
  • continued learning – catch up on any missed sessions and re-watch your highlights, on demand for up 2 months after the event
  • unite your international teams – as a free event, it offers an opportunity for your whole treasury team to attend. Perfect for encouraging learning and development at all levels

September 27th – October 1st | Virtual

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#7 Poor internal communication (Dutch Item)

16-09-2021 | treasuryXL| XE

Internal communication problems can be an obstacle to good currency practices and risk management, especially as organizations grow. Business units that working in silos and rarely talking to each other, have little insight into the place their specific currency risk within the company’s overall risk.

In het ergste geval nemen bedrijfsonderdelen zelfs autonome beslissingen over transacties en risicobeheer die niet passen binnen de context van het bedrijf als geheel. Zo kunnen toeleveringsketenmanagers hedging gebruiken om het risico van hogere importprijzen af te dekken zonder te weten welke omzet de verkoopafdeling verwacht te halen uit buitenlandse verkopen.

Zulke storingen in de communicatie maken het erg moeilijk voor uw bedrijf om vreemde valuta holistisch te benaderen om de beste koersen en de beste service te krijgen en de risico’s zo effectief mogelijk te beheren. Als uw bedrijf met dit probleem te maken heeft, is het belangrijk om zo snel mogelijk actie te ondernemen voordat sluimerende risico’s ergens in het bedrijf echt een probleem gaan worden.

“Ken alle aspecten van het valutarisico van uw bedrijf”

De beste manier om dit risico tegen te gaan, is samen met uw valutaprovider een degelijk risicobeheerbeleid te ontwikkelen. Als u eenmaal alle aspecten van het valutarisico van uw bedrijf kent, kunt u de juiste procedures implementeren om het op holistische wijze te benaderen. En door deze procedures in elk onderdeel van uw bedrijf te implementeren, voorkomt u dat een enkel onderdeel van uw bedrijf een probleem kan veroorzaken. Tot slot moet u zich afvragen hoe gemakkelijk of moeilijk het is om voortdurend te communiceren met uw valutaprovider zelf. Online systemen maken de dagelijkse gang van zaken voor veel bedrijven sneller en eenvoudiger, maar er zullen altijd momenten zijn dat u extra hulp nodig hebt. Zoek een provider die telefonische hulp biedt waarmee u problemen zo snel mogelijk kunt oplossen. Weet u persoonlijk met wie u waarschijnlijk te maken krijgt? Is er bijvoorbeeld een enkele persoon of een team verantwoordelijk voor uw account? Krijgt u de informatie over valutamarkten die u nodig hebt om proactief beslissingen te nemen?

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Why might you use a market order?

09-09-2021 | treasuryXL | XE |

If you’re making a payment in a volatile market and aren’t operating under a deadline, you may want to consider a market order for your next money transfer.

If you need to send money overseas, sending it on the spot and crossing your fingers for a good rate isn’t your only option. (Thank goodness!) There are several ways to get the most out of your foreign exchange transfers, whether you’re hoping to get it done by a certain date or get the best possible rate. One of such is the market order, and it’s available to everyone. But what exactly is a market order and how does it work?

What is a market order?

Remember how we described forward contracts as the “buy now, pay later” transfer option? Market orders would be the “buy now, transfer later” option.

When you make a market order, you can specify your target rate at which you’d like to exchange your currencies. The current rate doesn’t matter: the markets are constantly moving, and you’ll never know when your desired rate will be live.

After you’ve placed your market order and set your target rate, your work is done, and now it’s up to the markets. Once your rate is live, your currency will automatically be purchased, allowing you to transfer currency at your ideal rate.

Why use a market order?

The foreign exchange market is volatile and unpredictable. Nonetheless, you can monitor the market and come up with a clear-cut currency strategy that allows you to get the most out of your foreign exchange transactions, without having to constantly check the rates.

With a market order, you can easily set an exchange rate you want for your currency and once your target is met, the transaction is initiated automatically. This gives you the opportunity to get the highest value for your currency regardless of how volatile the market is.

Key things to note about a market order

  • It allows you to customize your market order by setting the amount, exchange currency, value date, and validity.

  • You can choose a desired target exchange rate to either stop-loss, make -profit, or get the best of both.

  • Your market order triggers automatically once your target rate is reached.

  • Since the process is automated, you’re not required to keep monitoring the market for the best rates.

  • You can sit back and relax without bothering about the volatile nature of the foreign exchange market!

A market order allows you to get the best out of sending money at your most preferred exchange rate and to prevent the undesirable effects of the unstable foreign exchange market. Once you set a market order, the online money transfer platform such as Xe monitors the foreign exchange rate movement, automates and completes the transfer on your behalf once the set rate is reached.

It’s an opportunity for you to benefit from an automated foreign exchange management system with minimal exchange rate risks.

When should you use a market order?

You can use money order just about any time you want. However, certain situations make a money order the preferred choice for sending money. Here are the most preferred periods to use a money order:

  • To get the best of higher rates

  • To save money and time

  • To make the most of foreign exchange purchase

  • To create a safety net

  • To get the most out of your budget

  • To take advantage of favorable exchange rate

  • To manage foreign exchange risk

Depending on the currencies you want to transfer and what’s going on in the world at the time, your currencies could be subject to quite a bit of volatility. If you’re contending with frequent market motion, setting up a market order can help you to ensure that you’ll be able to make your transfer at the best possible rate, whenever that may be.

Market orders are also a great option for transfers that aren’t time-sensitive. Some transfers (such as bills or educational payments) need to be made by a certain date, but if your transfer doesn’t come with its own hard deadline, you can take advantage of market orders to make the most of your money in your transfer.

Why should you take note of currency risk management?

Managing the risks associated with the volatile nature of the foreign exchange market is important to get the best rates for your money transfer. This is one of the key reasons why the market order is such a good option. Here are key reasons why you should consider currency risk management using a market order:

  • All your foreign transfers will be based on strategic decisions.

  • You’ll be able to forecast your international expenses.

  • You’ll know precisely what foreign exchange range will be used for your transfer.

  • You’re not required to keep monitoring the market to get the best rates.

  • Market order is automated so you aren’t bothered about missing the best rates.

  • You can use the volatile nature of the market to your advantage.

Is a market order the best option if your transfer is date-focused?

No.

Unlike several other available money transfer methods, a market order isn’t the best option if you intend to transfer your money within a specific date. That’s if your money transfer has a deadline.

For example, some payments such as overseas mortgage, school fee or an emergency medical bill require payment within a specific period. Once you miss such a deadline, you’ll have to deal with the consequences that follow.

In such situations, a market order isn’t the best method for transferring your money. However, if your transfer doesn’t require any deadline or specific dates, a market order could be your best bet. Market orders are mostly suitable for money transfers that aren’t time-sensitive. It provides a perfect opportunity to sit back and wait for the best market rates before your transfer goes through.

How do I create a market order?

Ready to set up a market order? It’s no more complicated than sending any other money transfer. If you don’t have an account, take just a few minutes and sign up for your free account first. If you’re already registered, visit our Money Transfers page to learn more about how you can get started.

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Spreadsheet risk: the silent killer of FX performance

07-09-2021 | treasuryXL | Kantox

Imagine a perfectly designed currency hedging program for a company that seeks to protect its annual budget. Given the specific features of that company —especially its pricing dynamics— such a program would allow the finance team to systematically achieve a hedge rate that would be equal or better than the FX budget rate, avoiding overhedging all the while. The hedging strategy would also consider the firm’s degree of forecast accuracy, as well as the forward discount or premium of the currencies in which it trades.

Now imagine that this optimal FX hedging program was implemented on perfectly designed spreadsheets. Armed with super-efficient spreadsheets, the finance team would project forecasted revenues and expenditures, calculate the firm’s exposure to currency risk and set a time frame for the execution of hedges.

A treasurer’s dream come true? Not so fast.

Any reasonably well-designed currency hedging program goes through a process in three phases: the pre-trade phase, the trade phase and the post-trade phase. Each of these phases, in turn, comprises several intricate steps. And here’s where a wholly unexpected risk would sneak in, with potentially devastating consequences: spreadsheet risk, the silent killer of performance.

Spreadsheet risk is omnipresent 

#6 Not having a Grip on Compliance (Dutch Item)

02-09-2021 | XE |

Regulatory compliance must be an absolute priority for all organisations involved in foreign exchange transactions with foreign customers and suppliers. You must implement robust procedures to generate the information that your foreign exchange providers must legally have in order to carry out transactions on your behalf.

Als u dat niet doet, loopt u het risico dat betalingen niet op tijd worden verwerkt, waardoor uw relatie met leveranciers en klanten onder druk komt te staan of zelfs uw toeleveringsketen verstoord wordt. Ook uw cashflow kan in gevaar komen. Ondanks deze noodzaak is vertraging door regelgeving een veelvoorkomend probleem bij vreemde valuta. Financiële instellingen moeten zich aan strikte regels houden wanneer zij valutatransacties uitvoeren namens hun klanten. Volgens wetgeving om witwassen en andere verdachte praktijken tegen te gaan, moeten zij de identiteit controleren van alle partijen waarmee ze zaken doen, waaronder de buitenlandse partijen waarmee uw bedrijf contact heeft. Vertragingen in het verificatieproces kunnen de uitvoering van uw transactie vertragen.

“Bescherm uw cashflow, uw toeleveringsketen en uw relatie met leveranciers en klanten.”

U moet ook oppassen dat u niet verstrikt raakt in onbekende buitenlandse bankgegevens. Bankgegevens in eigen land zijn gestandaardiseerd, maar internationaal kan dat van land tot land
verschillen en kunt u te maken krijgen met internationale rekeningnummers (IBAN), bankidentificatiecodes (BIC) en andere gegevens.

Uw valutaprovider moet u kunnen helpen deze potentieel verwarrende variaties te verwerken en tegelijkertijd de geldende regels na te leven. Worden er bijvoorbeeld online systemen gebruikt om de invoer van gegevens te automatiseren, waardoor fouten of ontbrekende gegevens snel ontdekt kunnen worden die anders uw betaling zouden kunnen vertragen? Geeft uw provider eenvoudig advies zonder gebruik van jargon over de gegevens die u nodig hebt van buitenlandse partijen en waar u die kunt vinden? Kan uw provider betaalgegevens in zijn systemen bewaren zodat u ze niet bij elke volgende transactie opnieuw hoeft in te voeren?

Als u niet precies weet hoe u ervoor zorgt dat u de regelgeving naleeft, bespreek dat dan met een gespecialiseerde valutaprovider.

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Identifying Types of Fraud/Scams

26-08-2021 | treasuryXL | XE |

Knowledge is power. When it comes to avoiding scams, forewarned is forearmed. Here are a few common types of scams that criminals will use to try to steal your money or – more importantly – your identity.

1. Give Money to Get Money

If you ever receive an “official” notification that you’ve won a lottery or that someone wants to generously give you a large sum of money but first you need to send money to cover taxes, fees, clearances, or some other cost before collecting your prize, proceed with extreme caution!

The common thread with this scam, apart from the too-good-to-be-true offer, is that you must “act now” or respond immediately to the official sending the notice. This scam relies on you feeling pressured to not miss out on the deal or prize.

One of the most well-known versions of this type of scam is the Nigerian Prince (also known as the 419 Scam).

2. Phishing

Phishing is almost what it sounds like. Someone is fishing – and using bait – to obtain sensitive information to steal everything from the cash in your bank account to your identity.

Phishing scams replicate official-looking emails (or other communication types) from well-known and reputable companies. These fake emails include links or phone numbers encouraging you to change passwords or send personal documents and information (to update your account). The email will make some claim that there is an issue with your account (i.e. you need to supply documents to receive funds being remitted to you) and you need to click on the link provided to fix the problem. These links may take you to a look-alike site created by the criminals or contain malware (malicious software) which can give the criminals access to your computer (so don’t click!). Phone numbers may work the same way by directing you to a fake answering service.

There are a number of sub-species of the Phishing scam:

a) Spear Phishing

Spear Phishing is a little more sophisticated as it specifically targets you and relies on the trust you’ve built around a person, company, or brand. Most likely the communication will be personalized. Criminals target you from information they have found on sites like social media.

b) Clone Phishing

Clone Phishing differs in that it will copy a legitimate email that included an attachment or link. The attachment or link is replaced with a fraudulent version and the email is sent from a disguised address that appears to come from the original sender. The email may claim to be just a resend of the original or even an updated version.

c) Whaling

Whaling goes after the “big fish”. It targets senior executives or high-profile people within in a company. This type of fraud usually appears as a legitimate concern such as a legal request or subpoena, client issue, or corporate matter.

d) SMiShing

Cute name, not so cute fraud tactic using text or SMS. Potential victims receive an unsolicited text or SMS message with a link to a site that can contain malware or viruses. The urge to click is usually based on a “confirmation” of account activity and the risk of incurring additional charges or fees if the intended victim doesn’t take care of the problem immediately (by clicking the link).

3. Fear-Based (Service Cut Off/Jail Time)

You receive notification, usually through email or phone, that your account is in areas and you need to pay the balance immediately or have the utility service cut off. This type of fraud includes claims of unpaid taxes requiring immediate payment to avoid jail time. Criminals in this case are dependent on your fear of losing a necessity, like heat or water, or your personal freedom.

Conclusion

The ultimate goal of the criminal is to rob you. Criminals will try every sneaky tactic to get what they want and will play upon your fears, your generosity, or your trustfulness to get it.

Scammers attack when you’re least expecting it and often prey on the most well-intentioned people. Educate yourself on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from unexpected fraud. Here are several resources that provide helpful information:

Remember, no matter who is contacting you, NEVER give them any of your passwords, account numbers, or personal information without double-checking their identity first.

Be smart, be aware, and be safe!

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#5 Getting Overwhelmed by Complicated Administration (Dutch Item)

19-08-2021 | XE |

Companies that regularly need Foreign Exchange often fail to see the bigger picture more because of all the details of the daily Payments and other transactions. Perhaps are you so busy processing foreign currency that you don’t get around to a lake strategic view of the total Risk of your company. Or maybe those transactions take time equipment that could be spent more productively on other things. It may even be so
that manual data entry procedures are prone to human error that lead to unnecessary delays.

Dit is vaak een probleem voor groeiende MKB-bedrijven, waarvan de eigenaar of oprichter buitenlandse betalingen zorgvuldig wil blijven volgen, maar geen tijd meer heeft voor de toenemende administratieve last. Zij moeten verantwoordelijk blijven voor het autoriseren van betalingen, vooral van grote bedragen, maar hebben geen tijd voor de verdere verwerking.

Uw huidige valutaprovider zou u moeten kunnen helpen om dat probleem op te lossen. Zo zou uw provider een systeem moeten kunnen
maken dat sommige gebruikers beheerdersrechten geeft voor de verwerking, maar het autoriseren van betalingen voorbehoudt aan specifieke personen. Uw provider zou eenvoudige, veilige en betrouwbare verwerking moeten kunnen bieden. En uw provider zou u moeten kunnen helpen vertraagde betalingen te traceren.

Als u niet de beschikking hebt over dit soort diensten, kan het beheren van vreemde valuta al snel een kostbare, tijdrovende taak voor uw bedrijf worden. Daardoor wordt het nog moeilijker om uw activiteiten strategisch te benaderen om de risico’s te beheren, proactieve besluitvorming mogelijk te maken en vooruit te plannen. Vooral grotere organisaties kunnen kwetsbaar zijn voor deze fout.

Maar bedrijven die voor vreemde valuta nooit verder hebben gekeken dan hun huidige provider en nooit op zoek zijn gegaan naar een alternatieve partner, weten misschien niet eens dat er andere mogelijkheden zijn. Als u verstrikt raakt in de details van valutatransacties, praat dan met alternatieve providers over hoe zij u kunnen helpen effectiever te functioneren.

 

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The real value of Multi-Dealer FX trading platforms

16-08-2021 | treasuryXL | Kantox

(Spoiler: it’s not about trading costs)

A few years ago, PwC consultants proposed a clever analogy to illustrate the difference between single-dealer platforms (SDPs) and Multi-Dealer Platforms (MDPs). For banks looking to provide products and services to corporate clients on a platform, SDPs are like an airline’s website, where high-margin sales occur. Multi-Dealer Platforms, in turn, are the equivalent of online aggregators that let customers compare fares and schedules. While the former emphasizes customer relationship intimacy, the latter work as “transactional supermarkets” with a higher degree of automation.

When it comes to the corporate FX market, where spot and forward transactions take the lion’s share in terms of traded volumes, Multi-Dealer Platforms like 360T and SWAPs have been the venue of choice. The shared technology of Multi-Dealer Platforms has enabled them to better adapt to changing customers’ needs than the proprietary technology of most Single-Dealer Platforms. As a result, corporate treasurers have moved en masse to Multi-Dealer Platforms to improve FX trading processes and reduce spreads. As Kantox’s CEO Philippe Gelis argues, the success of Multi-Dealer Platforms has resulted in a spectacular “compression of FX spreads for vanilla products”.

Beyond trading costs: the value proposition of Multi-Dealer Platforms

Lower FX trading costs, the natural result of the Multi-dealer platform proposition, play an important role by facilitating the participation of firms who see a benefit in ‘embracing currencies’ to access new markets and grow their business. But the fixation with lower spreads is unwarranted. Going forward, treasurers will care less about paying 9 bps instead of 10 bps, if a 2% move in the exchange rate can be easily and efficiently handled by an automated hedging program.

To see where the real value of Multi-Dealer Platforms lies, let us start by briefly looking at the three phases of the FX hedging workflow: pre-trade, trade and post-trade.

The pre-trade phase involves sourcing exchange rates for the purpose of pricing as well as capturing and processing the relevant exposure. Once the FX trade is executed and confirmed, the post-trade phase kicks in with reporting and performance analytics as well as accounting and payments and collections.

In this increasingly automated series of steps, MDPs play a key role. Kantox’ partnership with 360T, for example, provides straight-through processing integration for corporates of all sizes to tailor their Multi-Dealer Platform setup to execution and routing rules of their own making. The range of functionalities includes:

  • Trading in spot, forwards, NDFs and swaps with hundreds of liquidity providers
  • Automated trade and data requests via API
  • Transparent pricing with greater efficiency in sourcing
  • Diversification in order to lower counterparty risk
  • Ability to select preferred liquidity providers
  • Complete trade history and audit trail
  • 24/6 execution capabilities
  • ‘Best price execution’ functionality that puts liquidity providers in competition with one another
  • Conditional orders setup with order management tools
  • Automated trade confirmation by API or email

What emerges from this picture is clear: the ‘trade phase’ of the FX corporate workflow is being automated at lightning speed. The reduction in spreads, while important, only tells part of the story. The real value proposition of a Multi-Dealer Platform lies elsewhere: they are an integral part of the seamless, end-to-end management of corporate currency workflows that Currency Management Automation solutions provide.

This process of automation comes with an added bonus: Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) ensure that data can flow seamlessly between different systems (ERP, TMS) without any need for spreadsheets, reducing spreadsheet risk and freeing up valuable treasury resources.

When viewed in this broader dimension, as part of a larger process that includes all the phases of an automated FX hedging program, Multi-Dealer Platforms are part of an ecosystem that allows companies to benefit not only from automating, one by one, the different phases of a hedging program but to have all these processes integrated with one another, thus creating more value than the sum of the parts.

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How to set up a forward contract and lock in a rate for your business

12-08-2021 | treasuryXL | XE |

A forward contract gives you and your business certainty, allowing you the peace of mind to have confidence that your international exposures are taken care of.

At Xe, they work with businesses of all sizes across many industries. They recognize that each business has its own requirements for its payments, and thus do they offer a diverse suite of money transfer products and solutions in order to meet each business’s international payment needs.

Let’s say that you’ll need to make a payment in the future. Right now, the rates are in your favor, but your payment is weeks or even months away, and you’re worried that the rates could change in the coming weeks, which would make your upcoming payment much more expensive than it would be now. You can’t influence the markets, but is there anything you can do to avoid feeling the brunt of currency market volatility?

In that case, the forward contract would be the right solution for you. Let’s take a closer look at what that is and how it could help your business.

What is a forward contract? 

A forward contract is an agreement to buy or sell an asset at a specified price on a specified future date. In the context of money transfer, this is how it works:

  • You specify which currencies you’d like to exchange, and get a quote at the current exchange rate.

  • You select the date on which you’d like to send this transfer, and provide all necessary recipient and payment information.

  • On that date, the transfer will automatically trigger, and will convert and send at the previously established rate.

You could think of it as the “buy now, send later” money transfer option. You’ll do the work of setting up the transfer now, and your currency exchange will happen at the current exchange rate, but the transfer itself won’t happen until the date you’ve specified.

Why is a forward contract useful? 

A forward contract can be useful in two ways: allowing you to lock in your rate to avoid future volatility, and to ensure that your payment will be sent (and delivered) by a certain date.

Changes in currency values can dramatically impact the cost of your business money transfers. If the currency that you’re sending weakens, or the currency you’re transferring to strengthens, a simple payment could suddenly become much more costly for your business. A forward contract gives you and your business certainty, allowing you the peace of mind to have confidence that your international exposures are taken care of.

Additionally, if your payment needs to be delivered by a certain date, arranging your payment in advance can ensure that it will be sent on time. No matter how busy things get leading up to the transfer date, you can rest assured that your payment is taken care of.

How to set up a forward contract 

If you’re interested in setting up a forward contract and securing a rate for your business’s upcoming money transfer, give them a call to set that up with our team. If you don’t already have a Xe account, take a look at their guide to registering for a business account.

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XE can help safeguard your profit margins and improve cashflow through quantifying the FX risk you face and implementing unique strategies to mitigate it. XE Business Solutions provides a comprehensive range of currency services and products to help businesses access competitive rates with greater control.

Deciding when to make an international payment and at what rate can be critical. XE Business Solutions work with businesses to protect bottom-line from exchange rate fluctuations, while the currency experts and risk management specialists act as eyes and ears in the market to protect your profits from the world’s volatile currency markets.

Your company money is safe with XE, their NASDAQ-listed parent company, Euronet Worldwide Inc., has a multi-billion-dollar market capitalization, and an investment grade credit rating. With offices in the UK, Canada, Europe, APAC and North America they have truly global coverage.

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#4 Having No Insight into the Variety of Products Available for your Company (Dutch item)

05-08-2021 | XE |

Many companies are not aware of the total range of possibilities for the management of Currency Risks. For example, they only buy the necessary currency at the current rate, spot rate, and think any other strategy currency speculation. Hedging in particular is often misunderstood and therefore rejected. currency hedging is not gambling how the currency markets might behave in the coming days and weeks development, but is intended to insure the company against the possibility of unfavorable developments.

“Valutahedging is niet gokken hoe de valutamarkten zich de komende dagen en weken zouden kunnen ontwikkelen, maar is bedoeld om het bedrijf te verzekeren tegen de mogelijkheid van ongunstige ontwikkelingen.”

Er zijn diverse valutahulpmiddelen die u kunt gebruiken om dat te doen, maar laten we termijncontracten eens als voorbeeld nemen. Met deze transacties spreekt u af om in de toekomst een bepaalde hoeveelheid valuta tegen een vaste prijs te kopen. Neem bijvoorbeeld een supermarktketen die over een maand €10.000 moet betalen aan buitenlandse leveranciers. Een termijncontract dat vandaag specificeert hoeveel pond de keten voor die €10.000 zal betalen, elimineert het risico dat het pond de komende weken in waarde daalt waardoor de supermarktketen meer zou moet betalen dan verwacht. Dat is geen valutaspeculatie of gokken hoe de markten zich gaan ontwikkelen, het is
een verzekeringspolis.

Achteraf kan natuurlijk blijken dat hedging niet nodig was geweest. Als in ons voorbeeld het pond niet daalt ten opzichte van de euro of misschien zelfs stijgt, kan de supermarktketen denken dat het onverstandig was om van tevoren een koers vast te leggen. Maar dan zouden ze hedging beschouwen als speculatie en niet als een verzekeringspolis. Zo heeft u er aan het eind van het jaar ook geen spijt van dat u een opstalverzekering hebt betaald terwijl uw huis niet is afgebrand. Dat wil niet zeggen dat hedging de juiste strategie is voor alle bedrijven. Sommige zullen van mening zijn dat hun valutarisico niet zo groot is dat het dit soort verzekering nodig heeft. Maar dan nog moet u er niet vanuit gaan dat uw valutaprovider niet meer kan doen om uw bedrijf te helpen met uw valutabehoeften.

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