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The foreign exchange market is the most liquid OTC market in the world. The Bank of International Settlements triennial survey in 2013 put daily average transactions for the month of April at $5.3 trillion.
Market participants range from investment and commercial banks (the ‘interbank’ market), through global funds, corporations and central banks, to retail clients. The market operates around the clock Monday to Friday.
This is the simultaneous buying of one currency and selling of another at an agreed rate and principal amount. Settlement generally takes place two business days after the trade date (spot), when a physical transfer of the principal amount takes place between the trading parties.
Unlike a spot transaction where the value of one currency is traded against another, the forward swap market is essentially an interest rate market traded in forward swap points which represent the interest rate differential between two currencies from one value date to another and also indicate the difference between the spot rate and the forward rate. A swap trade consists of two legs: a spot transaction and a forward transaction which are executed simultaneously for the same amount. The swap points indicate the difference between the spot and forward rates. Physical transfer of principal takes place on the settlement dates.
The NDF market exists for countries with economically developing markets where their currency cannot be freely converted and are typically specified against the US Dollar. As with forward swaps, the cost of an NDF corresponds to the interest differential between the two currencies. An NDF is traded for a fixed amount of the non-convertible currency on a specific date at an agreed forward rate. At maturity an agreed reference rate is compared with the NDF rate and the difference is paid in the convertible currency at the value date. Note that no exchange of principal takes place.
Taking our data from one of the world’s leading intermediary brokers in the global foreign exchange market, Tullett Prebon Information is able to offer a comprehensive foreign exchange package reflective of real-time market observed rates traded in the wholesale market.