What is a Forward Exchange Contract?

The exchange of currencies on a future date, at a rate agreed today.


  • Provides a fixed, known rate; and with greater cash flow certainty for business planning purposes.

  • Assists you in pricing your transactions and services.


  • The forward rate on your transaction may be worse than the prevailing spot rate at maturity.

  • You can't benefit from a favourable exchange rate movement during the term of your agreed FX transaction.

  • You have an obligation to transact at maturity and the cancellation of the contract may incur a cost or benefit to you..


Forward Exchange Contracts could be suitable if you're a business with foreign currency payments or receipts, requiring protection against adverse FX movements.

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