An introduction to FX options

An introduction to FX options

There are a wide range of FX options that could help your business manage risk

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What is an FX option?

Foreign exchange options can be useful tools when it comes to managing you and your company’s currency exchange strategy. Some options can be beneficial for risk management, while others can give you a possible opportunity to out-perform market rates. 

Moneycorp offers a wide range of FX options, from the more basic ‘vanilla option’ to more complex zero cost options. Currency options could suit those who are looking to exchange large amounts of money – especially when dealing in volatile currencies or in times of unpredictable trade and politics.

There are several foreign exchange options which may be suitable for your business depending on your individual goals and risk appetite.

 

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£43.7bn traded in 2020

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Award-winning service putting customers first

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Competitive rates from a pool of 18+ banks

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Over one million payments sent in 2020

Types of FX options

Vanilla options

Vanilla options

A vanilla option gives the holder the right, but not the obligation, to exchange one currency for another at a specified 'strike' rate, at a specified 'expiry' date. This option is ideal when you want to protect against the possibility of an adverse movement or benefit from a favourable movement. Vanilla options come associated with a cost.

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Zero-cost options

Zero-cost options

Zero-cost options can offer protection, like vanilla options, but sacrifice some of the benefits in exchange for no up-front premium. There may be an obligation to trade at the expiry point, your gains may be capped, and your participation rate reduced. There are a number of premium-free FX options available. 

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Types of zero-cost options we offer

Collar

Collars work by combining two separate options agreements: an option which gives you the right to sell a currency at a protected rate, and an option which would act as a best-case rate.

If, at the pre-agreed expiry date, the rate of exchange is inferior to the worst-case rate, you're protected. If the rate of exchange is beyond the best-case rate, you're obliged to deal at the best-case rate. If the rate of exchange is between the two levels, you are free to trade at the prevailing rate.

Participating Forward

A participating forward allows you to hedge against negative currency fluctuations but at the same time be able to benefit, in part, from favourable market movements.

This is achieved by agreeing on a 'strike rate' which gives you the right to exchange at the protected rate should the currency pair move against you, while also allowing you to participate in a percentage of any favourable rate movements – this is usually 50% but can be tailored to requirements.

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Learn about other zero-cost FX options including knock-out options and extendible FX options that could help your business manage risk by calling 0203 733 1022.

Find out how to limit the foreign currency exposure of your business with our brochure.

Find out how to limit the foreign currency exposure of your business with our brochure.

FAQ

What are the benefits of FX options?

When dealing in volatile currencies or in times when global trade and politics are somewhat unpredictable, options can provide a level of assurance and flexibility when it comes to your business’s FX hedging strategy.

Why use options instead of forwards?

Options and forwards can both be useful risk management tools which can provide a guaranteed price. However, unlike a forward, an option can also benefit you if the market is in your favour on expiry. Options can also be structured to allow for no immediate up-front cost and can be tailored to your specific business needs.

How much does an FX option cost?

Many FX options can be structured with zero up-front cost, while vanilla options carry a premium. This premium varies and is entirely dependent on how long you want to hold the option for, the strike rate of the option, and the volatility of the currency you wish to exchange. Our moneycorp experts can help you identify the costs and risks associated with an FX option for your business.

In addition to a foreign exchange options, we also provide a wide range of FX solutions for you and your business’s unique needs.

Get in touch to find out more about the range of FX options we offer

Get in touch to find out more about the range of FX options we offer