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Currency Overlay

Parametric’s Currency Overlay helps investors mitigate unintended currency risks within a portfolio, thus affording investors a more direct return on the underlying assets.

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Two components make up international investing returns: asset return and currency return. With Currency Overlay, investors can better manage the level of currency risk within the international portion of the portfolio. 

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Derivatives such as futures, swaps, and other investment strategies have certain disadvantages and risks. Futures require the posting of initial and variation margin; therefore, a portion of risk capital must be preserved for this purpose rather than being allocated to a manager. Liquid futures may not exist for published benchmarks, which may result in tracking error. Also, some intraperiod mispricing may occur. Swaps require periodic payments, may be less liquid than futures, and may have counterparty or credit risk.  Some investment strategies require a cash investment equal to the desired amount of exposure.

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Why choose Parametric?


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As of 3/31/2023

How it works

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We determine the impact of currency exposure on the fund’s risk-return profile.

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We create a customized solution to meet each client’s unique currency exposure objectives. 

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We determine the appropriate currency instruments and portfolio-tracking methodology to manage the program.

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Once implementation is complete, we monitor currency exposure daily to determine the efficacy of the overlay and the need for position adjustments. 

Intended benefits of Currency Overlay

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Risk mitigation

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Hedging a portion of your portfolio’s currency exposure can mitigate unintended currency risks. 

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Currency Overlay seamlessly integrates within your entire overlay program.

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Currency Overlay can help you adjust your currency exposure to changing market dynamics. 

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