How to manage exchange rate risk

If you are emigrating, buying a holiday home or purchasing goods from overseas, you can make very significant savings on your transfers by taking some simple steps to make sure you are getting the best deal and managing your exchange rate risk effectively. Whether a small home based business or a multinational, the efficient management of foreign exchange is a critical factor in the profitability and stability of business.

Getting the Best Deal

Many people don't realise that you do not need to use your bank for foreign exchange payments and forward contracts. Often just shopping around for the best rate could save you 1-2% on your transfers. Providers such as OzForex specialise in foreign exchange and work hard to ensure you have a simple, cost effective transfer.

Managing Risk

The most common and effective way to manage currency risk is to use forward contracts. These contracts simply allow you to lock in exchange rates for future transfers and can be used for transfers up to 12 months in advance.

Another useful tool is the limit order. Placement of a limit order means you specify your desired exchange rate and should the market price fluctuate to that level, then your foreign exchange provider will automatically purchase the currency for you.

Both of these options are effective because you cannot watch the markets every minute of every day and you may miss out an advantageous, but short lived, rate improvement.

About OZForex

OzForex is part of the OzForex Group, which is a strategic investment of Macquarie Bank, Accel Partners and the Carlyle Group. The OzForex Group also includes UKForex, CanadianForex, NZForex, USForex, ClearFX and Tranzfers.

Since its launch in 1998, the Group has grown to be one of the world's largest online foreign exchange companies by offering super competitive exchange rates, great technology and superb service. Offering seamless 24-hour access to Corporate and Private Client Dealers, the OzForex Group completes over 200,000 funds transfers per year on behalf of clients. A combination of knowledge and expertise has made the OzForex Group a significant player in the global foreign exchange marketplace, and one of the world's leading online foreign exchange services, with over 350,000 registered clients globally.

For more information or to speak to an OzForex dealer 24 hours a day, simply register with OzForex.  Once registered you will be entitled to fee free transfers (above $2,000 AUD) and typically sharper exchange rates - we encourage you to benchmark your bank or current provider with OzForex.  Shortly after registering, you will be contacted by a licensed dealer to discuss how we can help.

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