An FX option provides you with the right to but not the obligation to buy or sell currency at a specified rate on a specific future date.
This works like an insurance contract. In exchange for such a right without the obligationthe holder usually pays a cost which is known as the Premium for the FX Option.
Currency market fluctuations can have a lasting impact on cash flow whether it is buying a property, paying salaries, making an investment or settling invoices. By utilising FX Options, business can protect themselves against adverse movements in exchange rates.
This feature of FX Options makes them extremely useful for hedging FX risk when the direction of movements in exchange rates is uncertain. FX Options are also useful tools which can be easily combined with Spot and Forward contracts to create bespoke hedging strategies. FX options can be used to create bespoke solutions and work to remove the upfront cost of a premium — this involves certain caveats around the structure of the option product.
Currency Options Step-by-Step
The forward rate for six options on a combined exchange is 1. They are prepared to accept a worst rate of 1. We then calculate the participation level to be 50 per cent.
This will give an effective rate of 1. Advantages and Benefits of Participating Forwards Provides protection on per cent of your exposure Allows you to benefit from favourable currency moves on a pre-determined portion of your total exposure No premium payable Disadvantages and Drawbacks of Participating Forwards The protected rate will always be less favourable than the forward rate Case Options on a combined exchange E-Commerce Supplier The Gloucestershire based company is the biggest supplier of electronic appliances for households.
Trade Finance Global and their currency partners worked with the company to come up with an options FX strategy to mitigate risk whilst the company grew, competing with their previous FX provider. Speak to our trade finance team Benefits Fast and efficient — speak with our trading team within minutes Great rates — beat high street bank rates with Trade Finance Global Our partners are regulated and trusted experts Experts partners who are specialised in geography and sectors Want to learn more about trade finance?
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