1)Currency derivatives are used by both speculators and hedgers. It has been said that an orderly, liquid market requires both of these participants.
Discuss the roles of hedgers and speculators in the currency markets.

2)Can a country manage its economy through its central bank’s intervention in the currency markets? Support your answer.
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3)It is interesting to consider the various “chains” used to describe the organization’s business processes and how these “chains” differ from each other:

A. What are the main components of an organization’s “supply chain”? What is the relationship between the organization’s supply chain and its financial supply chain?

B. How does the supply chain differ from the value chain?

C. What do we mean by “supply chain management” and is this concept relevant to the financial supply chain? What is the set of relationships here? How do the relationships impact ERP design, implementation and management?

4)We’ll look at Activity Based Costing (ABC) and Activity Based Management (ABM) in more detail in a couple of weeks. I do think we’ve been exposed to the concepts, however.
How, in principle, do ABC/ABC relate to supply chain management? What are the implications for financial supply chain management? Is Dilbert right?

5)We see a growing share of steps in the product supply chain being outsourced. What might some risks be for firms that engage outsourcing contractors and for the contractors themselves?
What similar outsourcing developments have we seen with the financial supply chain? What might the risk issues be here?

6) I’ve seen a number of pieces recently on “reshoring”. The attached article is the least positive I’ve read.
Do you think the phenomenon is a trend. If so, is it important? Where might it fit in rationalizing operations?

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