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Six steps to better FX risk management

When it comes to business risks for manufacturers and exporters, time and again fx volatility comes out as the number one concern. FX risk management is seen as a murky world but it doesn’t have…

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How to better understand the impact of FX hedging decisions

Companies will often hedge foreign currency exposures against harmful exchange rate fluctuations. Having decided to enter financial instruments, such as forward exchange contracts and options/collars, it is necessary to evaluate the performance of the hedging…

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Spreadsheets: a ticking time bomb

The main competitor to Hedgebook’s treasury management system (“TMS”) is excel spreadsheets. They are cheap (can’t get much cheaper than free!), flexible and easy to use. So why do companies choose to replace their spreadsheets…

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Year-end Financial Instrument Check List

30 June marks the financial year-end for many Australian and New Zealand public and private companies, as well as Councils. With an ever increasing compliance burden, we have put together a practical check list for…

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Feature client: Ports of Auckland

As Auckland’s population continues its strong growth trajectory, the Ports of Auckland has had to keep pace in order to provide the goods a growing city requires. There is not only the domestic demand for…

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Know your position: FX Volatility, friend or foe?

The FX market is no stranger to volatility. Whether it is global economic or political uncertainties, or a country’s interest rate outlook, they all play out in the currency markets. The constant push and pull…

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PwC treasury survey reveals over-reliance on spreadsheets

PwC’s recently released “New Zealand treasury management survey” (http://pwc.to/1DCSdse) threw up some interesting results, especially in relation to treasury management systems. It may come as no surprise to many, including us at Hedgebook, that there…

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Using Hedgebook to make smart fx hedging decisions

Has anyone told you lately that they know where the currency is going? Lots of people think they know if it is going up or down but the reality is that no one knows where…

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Feature client: Palmerston North City Council

Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) is fairly typical of a NZ local authority in that Council is a sophisticated borrower with autonomy around the management of its interest rate risk exposure. Councils can access funding…

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Hedge accounting has never been easier

It seems like a lifetime ago since hedge accounting was first introduced, nearly ten years ago now. My how auditors loved it. How complicated could they make it? Very, ,was the answer. How about insisting…

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Publicly listed EBOS Group subscribes to HedgebookPro

We are pleased to announce that EBOS Group Limited has recently taken HedgebookPro. EBOS Group is a publicly listed company on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and has over 2,200 staff headquartered in New Zealand…

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Credit spreads back to pre GFC levels

We have discussed CVA at length in our newsletter and blog as it is arguably the most significant change to the accounting standards, from a financial instruments valuation perspective, since hedge accounting was introduced. The…