A Survey into the Use of Derivatives by Large Non-Financial Firms Operating in Belgium
Posted: 30 May 2000
Empirical evidence on the use of derivatives for risk management on the European continent is virtually non-existent. To fill this gap, our survey documents the usage of derivatives by non-financial large firms operating in Belgium. This paper provides descriptive evidence with respect to several questions that are raised in the literature. Why do firms hedge? Which financial risks are being managed? How widespread is the use of derivatives? Which derivatives are used for which purposes? How is a risk management policy implemented? How are performance measurement and reporting structured?
Keywords: Derivatives, Risk Management, Hedging
JEL Classification: G13, G31, G38, M40
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