Reread the Management Focus “Embraer and the Gyrations of the


Brazilian Real,” and then answer the following questions:


a. What does the recent economic history of Brazil tell you about the


relationship between price inflation and exchange rates? What other


factors might determine exchange rates for the Brazilian real?


b. Is a decline in value of the real against the U.S. dollar good for


Embraer, bad for Embraer, or a mixed bag? Explain your answer.


c. What kind of foreign exchange rate risks is Embraer exposed to? Can


Embraer reduce these risks? How?


d. Do you think Embraer’s decision to try to hedge against further


appreciation of the real in the early 2000s was a good decision? What


was the alternative?