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Foreign exchange risk exposure of Canadian domestic, exporting and multinational firms : market and industry effects on bilateral and multilateral exchange rates

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Foreign exchange risk exposure of Canadian domestic, exporting and multinational firms : market and industry effects on bilateral and multilateral exchange rates

Jeddi, Mourad Mokhtar (2001) Foreign exchange risk exposure of Canadian domestic, exporting and multinational firms : market and industry effects on bilateral and multilateral exchange rates. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

The failure of most previous research to support the widely accepted hypothesis of an existing relationship between exchange rate movements and stock returns is primarily attributed to research design drawbacks. In the present study we address the research design problem from a relatively new perspective, suggesting changes to the market index variable and to the exchange rate variable. We use monthly stock returns for the 1971-1999 period to estimate overall exchange rate exposure of Canadian domestic and exporting companies to trade weighted multilateral exchange rates and to the Canada-U.S. bilateral exchange rate. The results show no significant exposure of the domestic firms sample, suggesting indirect exposure may be limited. However significant exposure effects are found for the exporting sample. In general, these results do not suggest that there are any benefits from using the more (theoretically) appealing industry specific exchange rates and the purely domestic index in studying the exposure to the multilateral exchange rates. Yet benefits from using the purely domestic index do exist when studying the exposure to the Canada-U.S. bilateral exchange rate. We also examine the determinants of currency exposure for a set of Canadian multinational corporations. To this end we decompose our companies' exposure into a foreign sales variable, a foreign production variable, and a market concentration variable. All coefficients have the expected signs, although only foreign sales and foreign production are found to be significant. These results are contingent on the exchange rate proxy used--specifically significance is found only when industry specific rates are employed. In light of this result we hypothesize the existence of an industry effect . This industry effect captures industry specific trade flows components (foreign sales and foreign production)

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Jeddi, Mourad Mokhtar
Pagination:vii, 72 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.Sc.Admin.)
Program:John Molson School of Business
Date:2001
Thesis Supervisor(s):Switzer, Lorne N
ID Code:1348
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:18
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:20
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