As you may or may not know, currency fluctuations significantly affect US dividend investors. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by the Pennsylvania-based AvantGard Company, it was discovered that fifty-nine percent of the 275 people that participated in the poll stated that currency fluctuations resulted in a loss or gain of at least five percent in the past year ending in March 31, 2010. These numbers are up forty percent when they are compared with the previous year’s survey.
“The majority of corporations are in the business of doing business, producing and manufacturing, not hedging currencies,” said Paul Bramwell, a senior vice president of Treasury solutions at the AvantGard unit of SunGard in Connecticut. “A lot of companies were caught unawares by volatility.” continue reading rest of the article….