During the 2016 US presidential campaign and following the election, foreign exchange (FX) markets have seen increased volatility – and the Mexican peso has been among the strongest correlated to its movements. In May 2016, when then-Republican candidate Donald Trump moved into a commanding lead in the primaries, the Mexican peso gradually weakened from 17.5 to the dollar to 19 to the dollar as he was confirmed as the Republican candidate. This was followed by a move to 20.57 to the dollar with President Trump’s election and 21.95 to the dollar as he took office. Since late January, the peso has recovered to a level of 18.7 to the dollar at the beginning of April.
With a renegotiation of NAFTA on the horizon and the Trump administration’s busy agenda for setting new domestic and international policy in the first 100 days, continued volatility is likely in the near future for USD/MXN.
Any institution exposed to fluctuations of the Mexican peso needs to put an FX strategy in place to address this volatility.
Join Numerix on Wednesday, April 26th at 11:00am México CDT as featured speaker Udi Sela illustrates ways for firms exposed to the weakening of the peso to hedge against devaluation, while potentially benefiting from favorable market moves.
An overview of USD/MXN exposures
Vanilla hedging strategies
Hedging using exotic options
Udi Sela, Vice President, Partner Solutions EMEA, Numerix
Udi Sela has been active in foreign exchange derivatives markets for over 20 years. As a senior derivatives trader and trading manager at Citibank and JPMorgan, he developed expertise in derivatives spanning both vanilla and complex FX options. After his trading career, he has led product development and pre-sales functions within a range of financial software vendors.
Over the last two years, Mr. Sela has transitioned into a business development role, focusing on building Numerix’s partner business in EMEA with a special focus on embedded partners as well as market data businesses. He holds an MBA in Finance and Technology Management.
Moderator: Jim Jockle, Chief Marketing Officer, Numerix
Mr. Jockle leads the company's global marketing efforts, spanning a diverse set of solutions and audiences. He oversees integrated marketing communications to customers in the largest global financial markets and to the Numerix partner network through the company's branding, electronic marketing, research, events, public relations, advertising and relationship marketing.
Prior to joining Numerix, he served as Managing Director of Global Marketing and Communications for Fitch Ratings. During his tenure at Fitch, Mr. Jockle built the firm’s public relations program, oversaw investor relations and led marketing and communications plans for several acquisitions. He also oversaw the brand development of a new company dedicated to the enhancement of credit derivative and structured-credit ratings, products and services. Prior to Fitch, Mr. Jockle was a member of the communications team at Moody's Investors Service.