83 Percent of Companies are Using Financial Derivatives to Hedge their Risk

Vancouver, BC and New York - 9 November 2010

Study shows that risk management is a top priority for corporates

FINCAD, the leading global provider of financial analytics released the results of its 2010 FINCAD Corporate Finance Survey.

The survey found that corporates are continuing to use derivatives. However, as a result of the financial crisis more corporate treasuries have taken measures to adjust their risk management strategy with increasingly required checks and balances in place. Corpoartes are now more proactive in implementing industry best practices. Most corporate treasuries use a third-party solution to value their derivatives with some using multiple vendors to benchmark their valuations. In addition, 44 percent are now running scenario/sensitivity analysis and 40 percent are calculating Value at Risk (VaR).

The results also demonstrate that over 45 percent of corporates need to calculate CVA for their derivatives valuations. This is significantly up from last year when very few companies were required to run CVA.

“The financial crisis has demonstrated that relying on counterparty prices is no longer acceptable as more robust risk management practices are being put into place,” said Bob Park, President and CEO, FINCAD. “More than ever, auditors are requiring their corporate clients to conduct independent third-party valuations of their derivatives to validate their counterparty prices in order to comply with current regulatory standards.”

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