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Do Derivatives Disclosures Impede Sound Risk Management?

35 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2008  

Haresh Sapra

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Hyun Song Shin

Bank for International Settlements

Date Written: July 16, 2008

Abstract

We model an environment in which firms disclose only one side of a hedging transaction, namely the gain or loss on the forward. However, the firm cannot credibly disclose the other side of the hedging transaction, namely the underlying exposure that is being hedged. We show that because the firm cannot credibly communicate that the exposure from its underlying project is hedgeable, greater transparency in the firm's derivative activities distorts firms' hedging decisions.

The nature of these distortions depend crucially on (i) firms' information quality about their project types and (ii) the market's prior beliefs about whether or not firms have hedgeable projects.

For most reasonable levels of information quality, we find that instead of impeding risk management, derivative disclosures are likely to induce firms to engage in excessive speculation.

JEL Classification: M41, M44, M45, G13

Suggested Citation

Sapra, Haresh and Shin, Hyun Song, Do Derivatives Disclosures Impede Sound Risk Management? (July 16, 2008). Chicago GSB Research Paper No. 08-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1161278 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1161278

Haresh Sapra (Contact Author)

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Hyun Song Shin

Bank for International Settlements ( email )

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Basel, Basel-Stadt 4002
Switzerland

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