Currency futures definition

What are currency futures?

A currency future is a contract that details the price at which a currency could be bought or sold, and sets a specific date for the exchange.  

They are highly regulated, and any counterparty still holding the contract at the expiration date is legally bound to take delivery of the currency on the given date and at the given price. 

Difference between spot and futures prices 

A futures price differs from a spot price as it is not based on a current market value, but a potential market price in the future. If an investor has a trade on a spot currency rate, they may use a currency futures contract to hedge against foreign exchange risks. 

Difference between currency futures and currency forwards 

Both currency futures and currency forward contracts are financial derivatives that allow people to buy and sell currency pairs at a specific time and at a given price. Though they are similar in nature, they operate with a few key differences: 

Currency futures are… Currency forwards are…
Traded on an exchange Traded over-the-counter
Highly standardised transactions with legally binding terms and conditions Privately negotiated and specific to individual traders needs


Currency forwards with IG

Though IG does not offer currency futures, we do offer currency forward contracts on spread betting accounts.

The funding required to keep your position open until the expiry date is included in the spread, as opposed to being collected each day.

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