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Thanks Elan for your reply. This makes a great deal of sense. Do you have any idea what this
"insurance" typically costs? I assume it varies depending on recent volatility in exchange rates and
relative price movements of the dollar vs other currencies. In other words, what are the
approximate incremental costs from currency risk that a company faces when operating
internationally? I don't trade in futures at all so I'm just trying to get a ballpark idea such as 1%,
5%, etc.

I don't know off the top of my head, but futures prices are routinely listed. The future exchange rates for major currencies like the British pound, yen, and Euro, for 3, 6, and 12 months out, are listed in the exchange rate section of my daily newspaper.

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