Proposed regulations for over-the-counter derivatives trading have been criticized as presenting a challenge for corporate users. However, slightly more than half (54%) of the finance executives who responded to Treasury & Risk's 2010 Financial Risk Management Survey say that regulatory changes that involve meeting margin requirements or posting collateral on their derivatives positions would not cause them to alter their hedging. Another 42% say such regulations would lead them to use derivatives less frequently. Executives say the currency markets could endure bigger ups and downs this year; in a possible nod to those expectations, 31% say they intend to increase their use of currency derivatives in 2010. Interest-rate instruments remain the most widely used derivatives (cited by 68%).

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