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What is forex hedging?

Hedge is a kind of insurance. Forex hedging currency risks is actions meant to lessen risks related to volatility of foreign exchange rates. When traders decide to hedge, they decide to protect themselves from possible losses.

However, it is difficult to grab the principle of forex hedging from a simple definition. We are going to enlarge on tools, types, methods, and strategies of forex hedging deals on Forex as well as give some examples.

Hedging tools

Key hedging tools include financial derivatives such as futures and options.

  • An option gives its owner the right to buy or sell a chosen asset at an agreed-upon price in the future.
  • Futures obligate the owner to purchase or sell an asset at a predetermined future date and price.

These tools can be applied separately or combined. There is quite a number of such combinations.

Forex hedging strategies

A wisely chosen strategy increases success chances. Here are listed some of the hedging strategies.

Forex hedging futures. Selling futures in the derivatives market in the volume compatible with the volume of hedged goods.

Buying put options. A put option gives you an opportunity to sell futures at the time and price convenient for you. When buying a put option, you fix the minimum price so you can profit from a higher price in the future.

Selling call options. A call option seller will have a bit bigger advantage than a call option buyer. The latter one will have a reward from selling every unit of a call. The seller can sell futures at the execution price.

When choosing a hedging strategy, take into account the current economic situation and all possible prospects and keep analytics in mind.

What opportunities does Forex hedge give?

Funds kept in foreign currencies are prone to currency risks. A company’s accounting is usually carried out in one currency, which means some profits or losses may appear when re-evaluating items in another currency due to different exchange rates. Forex hedging currency risks allows the company to protect its funds from undesirable and unpredictable changes in exchange rate dynamics. The company fixes the value of current funds through trades in the international currency market.

Forex hedging helps the company avoid risks of currency fluctuations and plan further work. It also shows real financial results not affected by currency volatility as well as production value, corporate revenues, wages and other expenses.

Using leverage, when forex hedging currency risks, gives extra opportunities:

  • Allows a company to save significant sums of corporate cash flows;
  • Allows a company to sell currency that it will receive in future.

Forex hedging corporate risks at foreign trade operations implies opening a currency position opposite a future funds conversion.

For example, an importer opens a buy deal on a certain currency beforehand and closes it once the real purchase in the bank takes place.

An exporter, on the opposite, sells foreign currency and has to open a sell trade beforehand and close the trade when the real sale takes place.

Forex hedging process

Example of hedging on Forex

Suppose an importing company has been awaiting a shipment of a certain value from the United States for n days. The company has euros on its account. To make a deal, the company has to convert its euros into the US dollars. The company decides to hedge risks of a sudden surge in the greenback. With the 1:1,000 leverage, around 1% of the sum that will be hedged should be invested. If the dollar starts rising, the company will suffer losses, however, profits generated from the opened trade will offset the losses.

Therefore, the currency exchange rate is fixed; and profits with losses equal zero. As a result, the company does not need to worry about undesirable changes in currency rates and saves money for other operations.

How to hedge your funds against currency risks right now?

First of all, you need to open a trading account with InstaForex which renders currency trading services.

If you want to make your company’s cash flow predictable and you know volumes and terms of goods selling, our specialists can open certain market positions to help you avoid losses. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at support@instaforex.com. Even if you have never hedged assets, we will clearly explain how to do it and develop the plan that will suit your business the most.

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InstaForex is pleased to announce that Norwegian winter sports icon Ole Einar Bjørndalen, 8-time Olympic gold medallist, 20 world championship titles holder, and 6-time Overall World Cup winner, becomes a brand ambassador of InstaForex. Cooperation with the greatest athlete in the history of winter sports started in winter 2015. Despite his impressive track record since his first victory 20 years ago, Bjørndalen confirmed his status of the "King of Biathlon" at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics winning two gold medals.

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InstaForex Loprais Team is official Dakar rally participant

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InstaForex Loprais Team is official Dakar rally participant

InstaForex is a title sponsor of the official participant of the Dakar rally, InstaForex Loprais Team. This rally team is a joint project of InstaForex, Loprais team, a regular participant of the Dakar rally, and automobile concern Tatra, which provides the team with the famous trucks.

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InstaForex`s star team reinforcement!

Daria Kasatkina, the rising star of tennis, became the new brand ambassador for InstaForex. In spite of her young age, 20-year-old Daria has rapidly developed a successful career and was able to make a name for herself and settle at the top of the world rating. Victories in two WTA tournaments and seven ITF tournaments in singles are among the main achievements. Prior to that, Daria won the Junior Grand Slam tournament (Roland Garros-2014) and became the silver medalist of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China. Participation in the Final of the Kremlin Cup-2017 helped Daria to enter the top-20 of WTA ratings.

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7,000,000 traders worldwide choose InstaForex

For us, the main event of this month was the moment when the seven-millionth client joined our company! The InstaForex family is growing, which encourages optimism and inspires us for future accomplishments.

Trading on top with InstaForex!

InstaForex international broker always strives to provide its clients and partners with the highest grade services. The high level of InstaForex is expressed all along the line: trading conditions usability; a wide range of instruments; highly skilled support team; an individual approach to each client, regardless of the trading volume; speed of deals execution and many other things allowing InstaForex Company to reach the top of Forex.

Trading on top with InstaForex!

InstaForex international broker always strives to provide its clients and partners with the highest grade services. The high level of InstaForex is expressed all along the line: trading conditions usability; a wide range of instruments; highly skilled support team; an individual approach to each client, regardless of the trading volume; speed of deals execution and many other things allowing InstaForex Company to reach the top of Forex.

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InstaForex also offers attractive bonuses for the replenishment of the trading account. Traders who top up their accounts will get the chance to increase significantly the amount of their deposit. Get 100% bonus for the first time deposit and boost its size by 1.5 times and more. This is a great opportunity for both beginners and professional investors to enhance the amount of their deposit!

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