• Hedging and other operations - the context

    Apart from the obvious need to limit commercial market risks, also the availability of finance for modern day commodity exporters and traders increasingly depends on the degree of risk management that is exercised. The trade in physical coffee and in coffee futures, the hedging of long and/or short positions, and the availability of trade finance are intricately linked by the risks that exist in the coffee market, and the need to ‘manage’ these.

    The text in Chapter 09 therefore presupposes that the reader has studied the information provided in Chapter 08 on futures markets generally. Similarly, before proceeding to Chapter 10, Risk and the relation to credit, readers should first acquaint themselves with the information provided on hedging and related operations.
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