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What Is Hedging?


Gain insight into hedging strategies.

Before someone can understand what hedging is, it is important to understand the concept of risk. Risk itself means different things to different people and companies. For some, risk speaks to the performance of a function relative to a benchmark. Hedging refers to the process of mitigating adverse outcomes caused by exposure to fluctuating, market-driven inputs. These inputs could be interest rates, exchange rates, or commodity prices. This white paper explains how risk and hedging work together and offers tips on hedging strategies.



Craig Haymaker, CPA

Craig Haymaker, CPA


  • Managing Director of HedgeStar, where he oversees the risk management consulting, hedge accounting, and valuation groups
  • Subject matter expert in financial reporting and accounting for debt, equities, derivatives, and other financial instruments
  • Has over 11 years of audit, professional accounting, and risk management experience
  • Has held positions with top companies, including Deloitte & Touche LLP (Boston), Liberty Mutual Group (Boston), and U.S. Bank (Minneapolis), with a focus on treasury departments, capital markets, and risk functions
  • Events Committee Chair and Steering Committee member for the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) in Minneapolis
  • B.B.A. degree in accounting, Stonehill College; CPA accreditation
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 952-208-5704

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