Working Paper No. 847

The CFO’s Information Challenge in Managing Macroeconomic Risk

Published: August 20, 2010Pages: 24Keywords: Risk Management Strategy; Macroeconomic Risk; Integrated Risk Management; Chief Financial Officer; Information Needs; Corporate Strategy; Financial Risk; Real OptionsJEL-codes: F23; G01; G32; G34; M21
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The CFO’s Information Challenge in Managing Macroeconomic Risk Lars Oxelheim, Clas Wihlborg and Marcus Thorsheim

In this chapter we examine the role of the CFO in setting risk management strategy with respect to macroeconomic risk in particular, and we consider the information requirements for setting a strategy that is consistent with corporate objectives. We argue that macroeconomic risk management requires a broad approach encompassing financial, operational and strategic considerations. Furthermore, several interdependent sources of risk in the macroeconomic environment must be taken into account. Once this interdependence among for example exchange rates, interest rates and inflation are taken into account, macroeconomic risk management can be considered a relatively self-contained aspect of Integrated Risk Management (IRM) provided relevant information is available to management. Financial risk management cannot be considered a self-contained part of macroeconomic risk management, however, since value increasing investments in flexibility of business operations affect corporate exposure and make it uncertain.

Lars Oxelheim


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