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How FX Movements Impact Businesses

This report delves into how, and to what extent, FX movements impact US businesses and provides a roadmap to help you assess and manage your FX exposure—with close regard to the ramifications of the continued strength of the US Dollar (USD).
J.P. Morgan Corporate Finance Advisory icon
April 29, 2015

Since the summer of 2014, the USD has appreciated over 25 percent against a basket of currencies. Foreign exchange rates often make large and sudden moves, but the size and speed of this recent shift seems to have caught many executives and investors by surprise.

A relatively strong US economy should be good news for US businesses. But, ironically, a strong USD also impacts many firms negatively by lowering the value, in USD, of their non-USD earnings.

In this report, we:

  • Explore how, and to what extent, foreign exchange rate movements impact US firms
  • Describe how firms have traditionally approached currency risk management
  • Review how perspectives on forecasting and diversification have evolved
  • Provide a roadmap to guide senior decision makers as they assess and manage their foreign exchange exposure, especially with regard to the ramifications of continued USD strength

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