About Currency Market

Currency market is one of the biggest market in the world. Currency is a medium of exchange and it provides an opportunity to trade at an exchange also. Currency Derivatives help in hedging adverse price movements and trade on price volatility. Individuals, corporates, financial institutions all trade and take positions in different currency pairs.

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Major currencies available for trading


Smaller Lot Sizes


Lower Margin Requirement


Longer trading hours: 9.00 AM to 5:00 PM


Daily MTM and Final Settlement in INR


Low transaction cost (No STT/ CTT)

Benefits of Currency Trading with ICICIdirect.com


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Currency FAQs

The term 'Derivatives' indicates it derives its value from some underlying i.e. it has no independent value. Underlying can be securities, stock market index, commodities, bullion, currency or anything else. From Currency Derivatives market point of view, underlying would be the Currency Exchange rate. Derivatives are unique product, which helps in hedging the portfolio against the future risk. At the same time, derivatives are used constructively for arbitrage and speculation too.
Currency Derivatives are very efficient risk management instruments and you can derive the below benefits:

i. Hedging: You can protect your foreign exchange exposure in business and hedge potential losses by taking appropriate positions in the same. For e.g. If you are an importer, and have USD payments to make at a future date, you can hedge your foreign exchange exposure by buying USDINR and fixing your pay out rate today. You would hedge if you were of the view that USDINR was going to depreciate. Similarly it would give hedging opportunities to Exporters to hedge their future receivables, Borrowers to hedge foreign currency (FCY) loans for interest and principal payments, Resident Indians, who can hedge their offshore investments.

ii. Speculation: You can speculate on the short term movement of the markets by using Currency Futures. For e.g. If you expect oil prices to rise and impact India's import bill, you would buy USDINR in expectation that the INR would depreciate. Alternatively if you believed that strong exports from the IT sector, combined with strong FII flows will translate to INR appreciation you would sell USDINR.

iii. Arbitrage: You can make profits by taking advantage of the exchange rates of the currency in different markets and different exchanges.

iv. Leverage: You can trade in the currency derivatives by just paying a % value called the margin amount instead of the full traded value.
Future and Option contracts in Currency derivatives have been introduced in India. Trading in Currency derivatives through ICICIdirect is presently offered in both Future and Option contracts in NSE only.
Currency Futures contracts are legally binding agreement to buy or sell a financial instrument sometime in future at an agreed price. Currency Future contracts are standardized in terms of lots and delivery time. The only variable is the price, which is discovered by the market. Currency Futures contracts have different expiry validity and will expire after the completion of the specified tenure.
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