International Financial Management

You are the CEO of Partido Switch Plc, which is a multinational corporation, incorporated in the US but invests in many emerging countries including Brazil. Brazil used to have a fixed exchange regime regarding its currency (Before the year 1999). However, Brazil moved to adopt a free float exchange rate regime as from January 1999.

  1. Discuss the motives of Brazil’s move and its implications on the country’s economy after the change (60%).
    1. What strategy should you employ in order to manage the exchange rate exposure resulting from the change in the currency regime? (40%)

Please keep a copy of the essay for your own records. The essay should be submitted electronically via Turnitin.


Specific Guidelines

  1. Your essay should not rely solely on the lecture notes and core textbooks.
  2. You are expected to use external resources and professional databases to learn more about the topic and provide an adequate analysis. All external sources must be referenced accordingly.
  3. You are expected to mention all possible techniques to manage the exposure of the company, but speak in details about one technique of your choice.
  4. A good essay should include real market examples, figures and tables to support your arguments (especially when talking about Brazil’s situation and the chosen hedging technique).
  5. You are entitled to use a numerical example of your own when it comes to the hedging technique.

General guidelines:

  1. Your essay should clearly demonstrate analytical, critical and evaluative skills in relation to international financial management.
  2. It is expected that your essay should demonstrate a wide background of reading and research; and only then, you would get an above average grade.
  3. All references should be acknowledged (see Library handout on reference styles –Harvard approach is strongly recommended).
  4. Good standards of written English and presentation are expected and marks will be deducted if such standards are not met.
  5. The length of the coursework should be no more than 1,000 (exceeding the word limit by even 1 word will cost you 10% of the mark).

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