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FX Forward Rates

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FX Forward Rates

An FX forward contract, also known as a currency forward contract, is a financial agreement between two parties to exchange a specified amount of one currency for another currency at a predetermined exchange rate on a future date, known as the settlement or maturity date. The purpose of an FX forward contract is to hedge against potential currency fluctuations.

In an FX forward contract, the two parties agree on the following terms:

Currency Pair: The specific currencies involved in the exchange. For example, USD/EUR represents the exchange rate between the US dollar and the euro.

Amount: The agreed-upon quantity of one currency that will be exchanged for the other currency.

Forward Rate: The exchange rate at which the currencies will be exchanged on the settlement date. This rate is determined at the time the contract is initiated.

Settlement Date: The future date on which the exchange of currencies will occur.

FX forward contracts are typically used by businesses who have exposure to foreign currencies and want to mitigate the risks associated with currency fluctuations. Here are a couple of examples:

Importers and Exporters: Companies that engage in international trade often use FX forward contracts to hedge against currency risks. For instance, an importer who expects to make a payment in a foreign currency in the future can enter into a forward contract to secure an exchange rate and protect against potential unfavourable exchange rate movements.

It’s important to note that FX forward contracts are binding agreements, and both parties are obligated to fulfil their contractual obligations on the settlement date. The contract can be settled through physical delivery of the currencies or by cash settlement, where the net difference in the exchange rates is paid.

FX forward contracts are typically traded in the over-the-counter (OTC) market, customized to meet the specific needs of the parties involved.

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