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Alternatives for executing Foreign Exchange for Institutional Investors.

A primer for institutional investors new to the foreign exchange market


JULY, 2009 By Francisco J. Heredia | Boston Global Associates This piece is intended as a primer for institutional investors new to the foreign exchange market. This market is very complex and its participants and their needs substantially differ from one another. For most institutional investors (other than the ones with dedicated staff) the execution of their foreign exchange (FX) is an afterthought. Unless, you have been trading global securities for some time and you are comfortable with the magnitude of the market’s volatility. When there is the need to purchase or sell currencies for the purpose of hedging or funding a primary trade, foreign exchange becomes a derivative, a secondary trade. A derivative that’s not as important to their primary investing objectives. There are investors that do not have a dedicated team to follow the currency market and are willing to give up the trades to their custodian, equity or fixed income salesperson to execu....




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