Basic hedging question

Discussion in 'Trading' started by Aetey, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Aetey


    My base currency is the EUR. I plan on trading futures on CME which will of course expose me to currency risk.

    Am I right in assuming that I can eliminate the currency risk from my trades by shorting the USD when I take a long position in a commodity and by going long the USD while being short a commodity?

    What can go wrong here, what am I not seeing? Naysayers, let's have it! :)

    Thanks all,

    "Currency overlay is a financial trading strategy or method conducted by specialist firms who manage the currency exposures of large clients, typically institutions such as pension funds, endowments and corporate entities. Typically the institution will have a pre-existing exposure to foreign currencies, and will be seeking to;

    * limit the risk from adverse movements in exchange-rates, i.e. hedge; and
    * attempt to profit from tactical foreign-exchange views, i.e. speculate.

    The currency overlay manager will conduct foreign-exchange hedging on their behalf, selectively placing and removing hedges to achieve the objectives of the client. "

  3. Uncle John Taylor from FX Concepts is such a boutique :


    did you perform a correlation matrix for all commodities / EUR ?
  4. autocore


    You must be cautious.

    Your only Exposure will be the positive or negative P/L of your cme trading . If you are long for example es you are not long USD/EUR !
  5. dave4532


    Yes only if you exchange any profits back to base currency (I forget about the spread in the conversions which you cannot escape.)

    Since the probability of that event is only 5%, that is you making any money in CME, why wasting time to explain to you hedging?

    FYI only trend followers care about exchange risk. Fast traders exchange back to base currency on a daily basis to limit fx risk.
  6. Aetey> For instance with Interactive Brokers you can have your money in Euro at all times. ANd use it as margin to trading the US market.
  7. Surdo


    It's so easy a caveman can do it!