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Forex Futures Trading

Definition of Forex Futures Trading

Forex futures trading is the buying and selling of exchange-traded futures contracts for currency pairs . A forex futures contract gives the holder the right and the obligation to buy or sell a pair of currencies at a predetermined price and date. The important components of forex futures trading include:

  • Forex pair: the currency you will buy in exchange of the other at the end of the futures contract
  • Lot size: the value of the currency included in the contract
  • Contract price: the price at which the futures contract is trading
  • Spot price: the latest forex rate for the currency pair, different from the contract price
  • Margin: the amount of money you’re required to deposit with your currency trading platform
  • Tick size: the minimum amount by which a forex futures contract can move, which is Rs. 0.0025 in India
  • Expiration date: the preagreed day on which the contract must be excercised or squared off

Forex futures trading in India is possible through three exchanges: NSE, BSE, and MSE. The forex futures contracts are standardized derivatives that can be traded between 9.00 AM to 7.30 PM. Forex futures in India are cash settled, meaning profits or losses are settled in INR while the base currency is not delivered.

Related Terms

Equilibrium Price

Equilibrium price is achieved when the demand is exactly equal to the supply. It is a state where buyers and sellers have enough goods and services to meet each other’s demands - not more, not less. One could say that equilibrium price is a perfectly balance state in the market.

Industry Analysis

Industry Analysis is a method of understanding the level of competition, potential profit/loss, supply and demand cycle, & other crucial factors within an industry.

Ex-Dividend Date

The ex-dividend date is the trading day on and after which a new buyer of the stock is not entitled to any dividends. Most traders say that a stock has gone ex-dividend when this happens.

Traditionally, the ex-dividend date is set a day before the record date when a company evaluates its records for existing shareholders. If a trader buys a stock that has gone ex-dividend from a seller, the one who'll get dividends is the seller.

Deferred Tax

The term deferred tax in a financial statement is used to refer to future tax payments in the case of temporary differences, a situation where an asset or liability on the balance sheet is realised but is taxable in the future.

Common examples of deferred tax include line items such as employee bonus or PF contributions, depreciation of fixed assets, net losses, and others.

Accumulation/Distribution Indicator (A/D)

An Accumulation/Distribution Indicator is used to figure out the trend of a stock based on the relationship between the price and volume. There are two parts to the name Accumulation Distribution Indicator:

  • Accumulation: Denotes demand or the buying levels of a particular stock
  • Distribution: Denotes the supply or the selling levels of a particular stock

Long story short, A/D tells you whether a stock is facing buying or selling pressure. A rising A/D depicts an upward trend while a falling A/D depicts a downward trend.

Holding Company

A holding company is a parent organization that holds a controlling interest in one or more subsidiary companies. The goal of a holding company is not to create products or services but to hold financial securities, typically in the form of equity, in other companies that create products or services. For example, Raise Financial Services is a holding company while Dhan is its subsidiary.



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