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Foregin exchange market 2.pptx

  1. 1. Foreign Exchange Market
  2. 2. Foreign Exchange Market Foreign exchange market is the market in which foreign currencies are bought and sold. The buyers and sellers include individuals, firms, foreign exchange brokers, commercial banks and the central bank. Like any other market, foreign exchange market is a system, not a place. The transactions in this market are not confined to only one or few foreign currencies. In fact, there are a large number of foreign currencies which are traded, converted and exchanged in the foreign exchange market.
  3. 3. 1. Transfer Function It transfers purchasing power between the countries involved in the transaction. This function is performed through credit instruments like bills of foreign exchange, bank drafts and telephonic transfers. Functions
  4. 4. 2. Credit Function It provides credit for foreign trade. Bills of exchange, with maturity period of three months, are generally used for international payments. Credit is required for this period in order to enable the importer to take possession of goods, sell them and obtain money to pay off the bill Functions
  5. 5. 3. Hedging Function When exporters and importers enter into an agreement to sell and buy goods on some future date at the current prices and exchange rate, it is called hedging. The purpose of hedging is to avoid losses that might be caused due to exchange rate variations in the future. Functions
  6. 6. Kinds Spot market refers to the market in which the receipts and payments are made immediately. Generally, a time of two business days is permitted to settle the transaction. Spot market is of daily nature and deals only in spot transactions of foreign exchange (not in future transactions). The rate of exchange, which prevails in the spot market, is termed as spot exchange rate or current rate of exchange. The term ‘spot transaction’ is a bit misleading. In fact, spot transaction should mean a transaction, which is carried out ‘on the spot’ (i.e., immediately). However, a two-day margin is allowed as it takes two days for payments made through cheques to be cleared. (i) Spot Market
  7. 7. Kinds  Forward market refers to the market in which sale and purchase of foreign currency is settled on a specified future date at a rate agreed upon today. The exchange rate quoted in forward transactions is known as the forward exchange rate.  Generally, most of the international transactions are signed on one date and completed on a later date.  Forward exchange rate becomes useful for both the parties involved in the transaction. Forward Contract is made for two reasons (a) To minimize the risk of loss due to adverse changes in the exchange rate (through hedging); (b) To make profit (through speculation). (ii) Forward Market
  8. 8. Types of transactions It is a method of covering risk arising from a change in the exchange rate. It actually means settling the exchange rate by agreement 90 days in advance for forward transactions with a view to avoid the loss due to the exchange rate fluctuations 1. Hedging
  9. 9. Types of transactions It is an act of simultaneous purchase and sale of different currencies in two or more exchange markets. The objective is to make profits by taking advantages of exchange rate differentials in different markets. 2. Arbitrage
  10. 10. Types of transactions It is a deliberate assumption of risk to make profits from fluctuations in the exchange rates. The speculative sale and purchase of foreign currency is based on the speculator’s expectations about the future exchange rates. 3. Speculation
  11. 11. Types of transactions It is a kind of foreign exchange transaction in which there is a spot sale of currency and a forward purchase of the same currency in a single sale-purchase transaction. These transactions are usually made by the banks 4. Currency swap

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