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Corporate Risk Management in Slovenian Firms

Author(s): Aleš S. Berk | Jožko Peterlin | Mitja Čok

Journal: Managing Global Transitions
ISSN 1581-6311

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 281;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: risk management | derivatives | corporate finance | hedging accounting | reporting | supervision | auditing

In today’s competitive environment the modern firm increasingly focuses on identifying, measuring and managing various risk exposures. Risk management is interwoven with the firm’s business strategy and impacts considerably on its competitive position. Thus, management should develop an integrated approach to address it. Although hedging using derivatives accounts for just one part of such an approach, the article solely covers financial risk management using derivatives. Namely, it is found that even Slovenian blue-chip firms still have room to improve as they have only recently started to use derivatives. The article reviews some of the most interesting characteristics and practices of modern Slovenian financial risk management departments and provides a practically oriented case-study which describes the important steps a risk manager must take to hedge commodity price exposure.

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