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Hedging of Overseas Foreign Currency Liabilities Survey – information for participants

Why are you carrying out this survey?

The aim of the Hedging Survey is to collect information on the extent of hedging activity in relation to New Zealand's foreign currency overseas debt.

This survey is a supplement to the Quarterly International Investment Survey (QIIS). While the QIIS concentrates on information about enterprises' overseas assets and liabilities (equity and debt), the Hedging Survey asks for risk management information about enterprises' foreign currency overseas liabilities.

New Zealand has a high debt-to-GDP ratio and a high level of overseas debt. Given these two factors, the Hedging Survey is extremely important for keeping New Zealand’s credit rating higher. It demonstrates that although we have high overseas debt we are not particularly vulnerable to exchange rate shocks or movements.

Who takes part in the survey? How did you select me?

The Hedging Survey population is all enterprises that have foreign currency overseas liabilities. These are New Zealand–located businesses, banks, and insurers with significant international balance sheets.

For this survey, we select 70 enterprises from the 400 participants in the December quarter QIIS. So if you have participated in the QIIS in the December quarter, you can be selected to participate in the Hedging Survey.

When do you carry out the survey?

The survey is carried out once a year, in March/April.

How can I complete the survey questionnaire?

You’ll complete the survey questionnaire by filling in a paper form.

 

Page published 10 March 2016

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