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Trading Currency Hedge for International Investments

Discussion in 'Shares' started by Norak Bastiat, 16th Sep, 2007.

  1. Norak Bastiat

    Norak Bastiat Well-Known Member

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    I invest mainly in Australia shares but want to get more foreign
    exposure. I have been warned by some people about exchange rate risk.
    Due to the rapidly rising Australian dollar, many overseas investments
    are doing very badly when converted back into Australian dollars. The
    way to fix this is to invest in a fund that engages in currency
    hedging. I am told however that investing in a fund that engages in
    currency hedging can be bad if the Australia dollar were to
    depreciate. So what do I do? Do I hold both hedged and unhedged
    international shares to diversify or do I pump all the money into the
    hedged fund because, since I already have lots of Australian shares,
    depreciating Australian currency will help Australian exports?
     
  2. bundy1964

    bundy1964 Well-Known Member

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    So far I have gone unhedged into direct shares with some foreign exposure, I am looking at doing my own currency trades. Hedge funds are a bit hit and miss at picking which way to go so I would look hard at how they have performed compaired to the index of where they are investing.

    High dollar is good for imports and poor for exporters.
    Low dollar is good for exports and poor for imports.
     
  3. Tropo

    Tropo Well-Known Member

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    "So what do I do? "

    Learn how to trade currency ;)
     
  4. crc_error

    crc_error The Rule of 72

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    I persoanlly am unhedged.. reason cause hedging costs money! Plus having os shares can also protect you against a FALLING australian $$$ If Kevin07 gets in, then this could well be the case!

    Just like you diversfy into different australian sectors, ie property shares etc.. why not diversify currency? the ozzie $$$ isnt be all end all
     
  5. fourth

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    To learn to trade forex start at forexfactory. Hedging is slightly more complex than you are probably thinking. Look for a thread called simple hedging strategy for a start.

    Some of the threads over there are over 7000 posts... so there is a lot to learn and the people are more than helpful.
     
  6. AsxBroker

    AsxBroker Well-Known Member

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    Hi Norak,

    Whoever told you this was not exactly correct.
    It depends on two things, first you can use an option, so you have the CHOICE (hence the name OPTION).
    If you use a future (forwards) or cfd you don't have an option.

    If you invest in a hedged fund and the currency goes down you not have any profit due to currency appreciation. So it's not negative, you just don't make any money from currency appreciation (which is an opportunity loss, not an ACTUAL loss because your locking in an FX rate).

    Hope this helps understanding.

    Cheers,

    Dan

    PS This is general information before making any investment or trading decisions speak to an authorised representative of a currency trading company.