Banking and Capital Markets
December 28, 2012
U.S. Asset Managers Turn to Currency Hedging Specialists
Despite their increasingly global outlook, many institutional equity managers in the U.S. don’t bother to hedge against currency risk. Currency managers offer active and passive hedging programs to help them deal with this problem.
By Charles Wallace
WITH INSTITUTIONAL ASSET MANAGERS INCREASINGLY looking worldwide for sources of return, it seems like a no-brainer that they would pay more attention to currency risks. But most U.S. firms still leave their portfolios unhedged. In the United States we have found that very few institutional investors have currency hedging programs in place, says Michael DuCharme, senior currency strategist at Seattle-based investment adviser Russell Investments, which provides such programs. We find that people in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Australia are much more aware of these currency effects.
Many U.S. asset managers have looked at the dollars movements over the past decade and concluded that there is no point in hedging because over time its kind of a wash, says Alan Kosan, head of alpha investment research at Darien, Connecticutbased advisory shop Segal Rogerscasey. Kosans firm and other specialists in currency risk dont share that view. ....