Eric and Henry, longtime clients of J.P. Morgan Private Bank and who live in Oklahoma City, own a small oil company that Eric inherited from his parents. They have recently become concerned by the declining price of oil, as their wealth is primarily generated from selling oil in the physical market. Additionally, oil has historically been a volatile commodity, so they felt they would gain some peace of mind by rethinking their current exposure. Eric and Henry reached out to their J.P. Morgan team member, Heather, to discuss their concerns and ways they could potentially protect themselves against commodity price risk. Heather looped in the Currencies, Commodities & Interest Rates team, which worked with them to establish a plan in what is today an uncertain business. The team helped Eric and Henry lock in a price in the future with an oil swap, and also established a floor under prices by purchasing a put option. This will allow them to know what to expect for cash flow and prices over time.
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