What are vanilla fx options?

Vanilla FX Options provide the right (but not an obligation) to buy or sell a specified amount of one currency in exchange for another currency, at a rate agreed when the option is bought (strike rate), on an agreed settlement date.

They offer full protection against unfavourable changes in foreign currency values. You can benefit from a favourable exchange rate movement by transacting at the prevailing spot rate.


  • Determine and budget your cash flows.

  • The opportunity to benefit from favourable foreign exchange movements.

  • Protection against the direct impact of unfavourable changes in foreign currency values.

  • Allows you to manage your foreign exchange risk and provides flexibility if your  circumstances change.


  • A premium is payable.

  • The strike rate may be less favourable than the prevailing spot rate at the time you buy the option.

Understanding Vanilla FX Options

Watch this short video to learn how Vanilla FX Options work for both importers and exporters, as well as how they could help your business in managing your foreign currency risk.

Watch how Vanilla FX Options could help you manage FX risk | View transcript (DOCX, 21KB)

There are two types of Vanilla FX Options

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