The purpose of this workshop is to give you a practical understanding of and “hands-on” experience with tools and techniques for measuring and managing interest rate and FX risk.
We start with a general introduction to interest rate risk and FX risk management. We explain the “anatomy” of interest rate and FX risk and present framework for assessing and managing these risks. We also give an overview of tools and methodologies used for managing interest rate and FX risk and we discuss their advantages and limitations.
We then explain methods for measuring interest rate risk. We present and explain concepts such duration, convexity and key rate duration, and we also show how interest rate risk can be assessed at the portfolio level.
Further, we present, explain and demonstrate a variety of methods for hedging interest rate risk at the micro and macro levels. These methods include the use of derivate instruments such as futures, swaps, caps, floors and swaptions. We give examples of “fair value” and “cash flow” hedges. We also discuss some of the practical problems arising from the use of these methods, including their accounting treatment.
After the theoretical discussion you will have the opportunity of working “hands-on” with cases on measuring and hedging interest risk.
We then turn to look at FX risk. We explain how economic, translation, transaction and contingent exposures can be identified and measured in Treasury and in investment portfolios, and we explain and demonstrate how these exposures can be hedged using forwards, swaps, futures and options. We present different hedging approaches, including cross hedges, proxy hedges and quanto hedges. We also explain how exotic options can be used for the hedging of commercial FX transactions. Further, we discuss the accounting, regulatory and other practical issues related to currency risk management.
You will also have the opportunity to work “hands-on” with practical cases in FX hedging.