FX Risk Advisory: Impacts of US tax reform: How profit repatriation may affect your company

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1. Source: Dharmapala, Dhammika, C. Fritz Foley, and Kristin J. Forbes (2009). “Watch what I do, not what I say: The unintended consequences of the Homeland Investment Act”.
NBER Working Paper #15023.
2. Source: BofA Merrill Lynch Global Advisors. Responses from BofAML's 20th Risk Management Survey. Percentages do not add up to 100% since respondents can select more
than one.
3. Source: Bloomberg query (SRCH ).
4. Non-USD debt is often used to hedge the USD value of retained earnings in foreign subs (i.e. net investment hedging). Thus if cash is repatriated, hedges must be unwound.
5. Source: SVB FX Risk Advisory.
6. Moody’s Investor Service: $1.3trn, US Joint Committee of Taxation: $2.6trn, Goldman Sachs: $3.1trn, etc.
7. According to the 2016 Triennial Central Bank Survey of foreign exchange and OTC derivatives markets published by the Bank of International Settlements.
8. Domestic tax rate on repatriated funds was cut to 5.25%, down from 35%.
9. According to Bureau of Economic Analysis. $300bn estimate is based on a 5x trailing 5-year average repatriation.
10. According to the 2016 Triennial Central Bank Survey of foreign exchange and OTC derivatives markets published by the Bank of International Settlements.
11. One other important reason the USD appreciated in 2005: Fed hiked rates 8 times that year.
12. Moody's report - "US Non-Financial Companies: Cash pile grows 9.2% to $1.84 trillion; tech extends lead over other sectors”.


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Ivan Oscar Asensio advises global corporations and institutional investment managers on solving problems related to currency risk. He has held similar roles at HSBC, Merrill Lynch & Co., and Bank of America in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

His approach when engaging clients involves the use of quantitative techniques for purposes of risk discovery, risk quantification, and ultimately the development of tailored strategies that are consistent with the institution’s stage in the life cycle, performance objectives, desired accounting presentation, and risk tolerance.

Dr. Asensio received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also holds an M.S. degree in statistics from UCLA, and dual-undergraduate degrees in finance and mathematics from USC.