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Learn To Trade Exotic Currency Options

Todays Date: December 10, 2018

Currency Options are used by companies as risk management tools. What are Options? Simply stated, it is a contract that gives the buyer the right but not the obligation to buy an underlying asset under specific conditions on payment of a premium.

The buyer may exercise the right to buy/sell the underlying asset if it makes a profit. On the other hand, the buyer may not exercise the right if it is unprofitable. However, if the buyer of an options contract exercises the right to buy/sell the underlying asset, the seller is obligated to sell/buy the asset at the specified price.

In every foreign exchange transaction, one currency is purchased and another is sold. Consequently, every currency option is both a call and a put. A call conveys the right to buy the underlying currency. A put gives the buyer the right to sell.

Why options are important as a risk management tool. Suppose a Japanese company is going to make the payment for its import of raw materials in 3 months time in USD.

The Japanese company can remain unhedged and purchase USD in prevailing spot rate in 3 months time. It can hedge by buying USD forwards or it can use an options strategy.

One of the strategies available to the Japanese company is to buy JPY put/USD call option. The effect of buying the JPY put option is to put a ceiling on the cost of imports in case JPY depreciates. The exporter limits the cost to a maximum while not limiting the minimum. Now lets discuss five exotic options that you can trade to make profits under different market conditions.

Digital options are simple and inexpensive. If you believe the EUR/USD rate is going to be above 1.0900 after two months, buy a digital option if you are not sure when this will happen. If after two months, the EUR.USD rate is indeed above 1.0900, you can earn your predetermined payoff. If not, your digital option will expire with a loss of a small premium.

One Touch Options are perfect for those traders who believe that there will be a retracement and the price of a given currency pair will test a support/resistance level. The one touch options pay a fixed amount if the market touches the predetermined barrier level.

A No Touch Option is a great way that you can use to profit from a trending market. The no touch option pays a profit if the market never touches the barrier level that you choose. All you need to do is to determine the desired payoff, the currency pair that you want to trade, the barrier price and the expiration date of the option.

A Double No Touch Option is perfect for you if you have the successful record of identifying and profiting from breakouts but always lose money when the market is ranging. On the other side, you can use a Double One Touch Option if you know how to pick the tops and bottoms in a ranging market but have always lost in a breakout market.

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