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HM Treasury plans to restrict Exporters managing currency risk

It is concerning to note in today’s Sunday Times that HM Treasury is planning on preventing SME importers and exporters from using currency options for managing their currency risk. Yet, there has never been a time when we need to encourage our exporters to help drive real economic growth.

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Even the Vickers report did not go this far, because it clearly stated that SMEs should be able to use simple derivatives to manage currency and interest rate risk.

Despite the concern of mis-selling of these products, we firmly believe that it is a wholly disproportionate response to ban all currency derivatives for SMEs (which in any event not the subject of the recent mis-selling derivatives problems).

We have provided both written and oral evidence to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards about the manner and type of ‘simple’ derivatives that SMEs should be allowed to use for protecting against currency and interest rate rises.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt201314/jtselect/jtpcbs/27/27vi39.htm

If the rate of a currency moves by 15% in a year for example, an SME that exports in a competitive global market may not be able to sustain its profit margins if it is not protected from wide currency fluctuations.

Nadia Patel

Nadia has a degree in Business Management and a Diploma for Financial Advisers (Level 4). She has ten years of experience in financial services. This includes FSA regulated adviser roles in HSBC, Halifax and Nationwide. As senior manager at Vedanta Nadia is responsible for managing the office, client contact and marketing for the business.

Nadia Patel

Nadia has a degree in Business Management and a Diploma for Financial Advisers (Level 4). She has ten years of experience in financial services. This includes FSA regulated adviser roles in HSBC, Halifax and Nationwide. As senior manager at Vedanta Nadia is responsible for managing the office, client contact and marketing for the business.