This paper reports the results of an empirical study undertaken during 1988 into firstly the opinions of corporate treasurers in UK multinational corporations on the process of financial innovation and the relationship between the corporates and their banks in the context of this process, and secondly the use of financial innovations in the MNCs' management of foreign exchange risk. It concludes that in general treasurers were sceptical about financial innovations, and that the relationship between the corporates and their banks appeared to be going through a difficult phase reflecting the breaking up of traditional links between banks and their corporate customers. The findings on the use of financial innovations varied; while currency futures were not used at all by the MNCs, the treasurers tried out the use of currency options and swaps. A general conclusion was that the corporates' exchange risk management practices were short term orientated and innovations were incorporated into the day‐to‐day management of positions rather than into longer term strategic decisions.
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