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The minimum variance hedge and the bankruptcy risk of the firm

Hahnenstein, Lutz ; Röder, Klaus



Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the influence of hedging with forward contracts on the firm's probability of bankruptcy (POB). The minimization of this probability can serve as a substitute for the maximization of shareholders' wealth. It is shown that the popular minimum variance hedge is generally neither necessary nor sufficient for the minimization of the firm's POB. Moreover, our model suggests a ...

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