Currency Derivatives


Ajit Kumar AJIT KUMARWISDOM IAS, New Delhi.

The term 'Derivatives' indicates it derives its value from some underlying i.e. it has no independent value. Underlying can be securities, stock market index, commodities, bullion, currency or anything else. From Currency Derivatives market point of view, underlying would be the Currency Exchange rate. To put it simply an example of Derivatives is curd which is derived from Milk. Derivatives are unique product, which helps in hedging the portfolio against the future risk. At the same time, derivatives are used constructively for arbitrage and speculation too.

Every business exposed to foreign exchange risk needs to have a facility to hedge against such risk. Exchange-traded currency futures, as on MCX-SX, are a superior tool for such hedging because of greater transparency, liquidity, counterparty guarantee and accessibility. Since the economy is made up of businesses of all sizes, anything that is good for business is also good for the national economy.

Wednesday, 03rd Feb 2016, 11:12:01 AM

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