The influence of product market dynamics on a firm's cash holdings and hedging behavior

David Haushalter, Sandy Klasa, William F. Maxwell

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Prior work suggests that if a firm shares a larger proportion of its growth opportunities with rivals, an inability to fully invest in these opportunities leads to predatory behavior on the part of rivals and losses in market share. We examine whether firms manage this predation risk. We find inter- and intra-industry evidence that the extent of the interdependence of a firm's investment opportunities with rivals is positively associated with its use of derivatives and the size of its cash holdings. Moreover, an analysis of investment behavior provides evidence that if this interdependence is high, the management of predation risk provides strategic benefits. Our results indicate that predation risk is an important determinant of corporate financial policy choices and investment behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)797-825
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Financial Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Cash holdings
  • Product market competition
  • Risk management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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