A Foreign Exchange Primer by Shani Shamah

By Shani Shamah

As one other reviewer famous, this e-book is easily now not for those that are able to research "financial engineering". it truly is, even though, ideal for those who are looking to find out about foreign currencies yet shouldn't have a finance historical past. It doesn't you need to be a ebook for rocket scientists, so criticizing it for that's unfair. extra complex books that experience plenty of crucial and summation indicators imagine that you simply already comprehend the fundamental details during this book.

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6 Purposes The participants in the foreign exchange markets effect transactions for various purposes, principally arsing from the need to cover or hedge other financial or commercial operations, although in practice it is sometimes difficult to draw a clear line between these categories. For example, covering and hedging operations may well contain elements of speculation. Whatever the nature of the transaction, they are initiated by the banks’ clients or by banks themselves for their own account.

2 NO PHYSICAL TRADING FLOOR The market is decentralized with no physical trading floor. However, there are two exceptions to the lack of a physical marketplace. Firstly, foreign currency futures are traded on a few regulated markets, the Currency futures obligates its owner to purchase a specified asset at a specified exercise price on the contract maturity date better known of which are IMM in Chicago, SIMEX in Singapore and LIFFE in London. Secondly, there are daily ‘fixings’ in some countries where major currency dealers meet to ‘fix’ the exchange rate of their local currency against currencies of their major trading partners, at a predetermined moment in the day.

In 1991, the 15 members of the European Union, meeting in the Dutch town of Maastricht, agreed to set up a single currency as part of a drive towards economic and monetary union. There were strict criteria for joining, including targets for inflation, interest rates and budget deficits. A European central bank was established to set interest rates. Britain and Denmark, however, opted out of these plans. ERM crisis. The exchange rate mechanism, established in 1979, was used to keep the value of European currencies stable.

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