Derivative Financial Instrument Use in Australia

13 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2002

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Henk Berkman

University of Auckland - Business School

Michael E. Bradbury

Massey University

Phil Hancock

University of Western Australia

Clare Innes

Murdoch University

Abstract

This paper examines the relation between derivatives use and financial characteristics of Australian industrial and mining firms. The firm characteristics proxy for financial distress, tax losses, managerial ownership, growth opportunities, the ability to generate operating cash flows and liquidity. We also control for firm size, dividends and exposure to foreign exchange risk. The results show that firm size and leverage are the main explanatory variables for derivative use for both industrial and mining firms.

JEL Classification: G32, G33, H25, M41

Suggested Citation

Berkman, Henk and Bradbury, Michael E. and Hancock, Phil and Innes, Clare, Derivative Financial Instrument Use in Australia. Accounting and Finance, Vol. 42, pp. 97-109, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=320415

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Clare Innes

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