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Las divisas más comunes que circulan en los mercados internacionales son:  el dólar estadounidense, el euro, el yen, la libra esterlina, el dólar australiano, el franco suizo, el yuan chino y el dólar canadiense. El mercado de divisas, también conocido como Forex (abreviatura del término inglés Foreign Exchange), FX o Currency Market, es un mercado mundial y descentralizado en el que se negocian divisas. Este mercado nació con el objetivo de facilitar el flujo monetario que se deriva del comercio internacional.
La expectativa o el rumor de una intervención de un banco central pueden ser suficiente para alterar el valor de una moneda. Sin embargo, los bancos centrales no logran siempre sus objetivos y en algunos casos el mercado puede imponerse a un banco central. Hoy en día se cree que el mercado de intercambio de divisas FOREX o FX es el mercado financiero con mayor proyección de crecimiento en el mundo financiero moderno.
En la actualidad existen empresas especializadas en la participación y apoyo a los operadores de este mercado que ofrecen diferentes tipos de servicios. En primer lugar, los "Brokers" o intermediarios financieros, ofrecen la posibilidad de abrir una cuenta en una divisa determinada y por medio de órdenes de compra y venta, emitidas por diferentes canales, permiten al inversor tratar de obtener beneficios aprovechando las fluctuaciones de los tipos de cambio de las distintas monedas.
El valor total de intercambios mundial asciende a 5 billones de dólares, alcanzando los derivados tradicionales un valor total de 3,7 billones de dólares.
Entre los factores que afectan al tipo de cambio se cuentan: De Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre. Tipo de cambio a plazo. Consultado el 11 de noviembre de Banco de Pagos Internacionales. Mercado de renta variable y mercado de divisas. Consultado el 24 de junio de Na Galipedia, a Wikipedia en galego. Traído desde " https: Artigos sen formato wiki Wikipedia: Todos os artigos que requiren referencias Wikipedia: Artigos que requiren referencias desde maio de Espazos de nomes Artigo Conversa.
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Pode axudar a mellorar este artigo e outros en condicións semellantes. Por favor, axude mellorando este artigo. Trading in the euro has grown considerably since the currency's creation in January , and how long the foreign exchange market will remain dollar-centered is open to debate.
Until recently, trading the euro versus a non-European currency ZZZ would have usually involved two trades: The following theories explain the fluctuations in exchange rates in a floating exchange rate regime In a fixed exchange rate regime, rates are decided by its government:. None of the models developed so far succeed to explain exchange rates and volatility in the longer time frames. For shorter time frames less than a few days , algorithms can be devised to predict prices.
It is understood from the above models that many macroeconomic factors affect the exchange rates and in the end currency prices are a result of dual forces of demand and supply. The world's currency markets can be viewed as a huge melting pot: No other market encompasses and distills as much of what is going on in the world at any given time as foreign exchange. Supply and demand for any given currency, and thus its value, are not influenced by any single element, but rather by several.
These elements generally fall into three categories: Internal, regional, and international political conditions and events can have a profound effect on currency markets. All exchange rates are susceptible to political instability and anticipations about the new ruling party.
Political upheaval and instability can have a negative impact on a nation's economy. For example, destabilization of coalition governments in Pakistan and Thailand can negatively affect the value of their currencies.
Similarly, in a country experiencing financial difficulties, the rise of a political faction that is perceived to be fiscally responsible can have the opposite effect. Market psychology and trader perceptions influence the foreign exchange market in a variety of ways:. A spot transaction is a two-day delivery transaction except in the case of trades between the US dollar, Canadian dollar, Turkish lira, euro and Russian ruble, which settle the next business day , as opposed to the futures contracts , which are usually three months.
Spot trading is one of the most common types of Forex Trading. Often, a forex broker will charge a small fee to the client to roll-over the expiring transaction into a new identical transaction for a continuation of the trade.
This roll-over fee is known as the "Swap" fee. One way to deal with the foreign exchange risk is to engage in a forward transaction. In this transaction, money does not actually change hands until some agreed upon future date.
A buyer and seller agree on an exchange rate for any date in the future, and the transaction occurs on that date, regardless of what the market rates are then. The duration of the trade can be one day, a few days, months or years. Usually the date is decided by both parties. Then the forward contract is negotiated and agreed upon by both parties. NDFs are popular for currencies with restrictions such as the Argentinian peso. In fact, a Forex hedger can only hedge such risks with NDFs, as currencies such as the Argentinian Peso cannot be traded on open markets like major currencies.
The most common type of forward transaction is the foreign exchange swap. In a swap, two parties exchange currencies for a certain length of time and agree to reverse the transaction at a later date. These are not standardized contracts and are not traded through an exchange. A deposit is often required in order to hold the position open until the transaction is completed.
Futures are standardized forward contracts and are usually traded on an exchange created for this purpose. The average contract length is roughly 3 months. Futures contracts are usually inclusive of any interest amounts.
Currency futures contracts are contracts specifying a standard volume of a particular currency to be exchanged on a specific settlement date. Thus the currency futures contracts are similar to forward contracts in terms of their obligation, but differ from forward contracts in the way they are traded.
They are commonly used by MNCs to hedge their currency positions. In addition they are traded by speculators who hope to capitalize on their expectations of exchange rate movements.
A foreign exchange option commonly shortened to just FX option is a derivative where the owner has the right but not the obligation to exchange money denominated in one currency into another currency at a pre-agreed exchange rate on a specified date.
The FX options market is the deepest, largest and most liquid market for options of any kind in the world. Controversy about currency speculators and their effect on currency devaluations and national economies recurs regularly. Economists, such as Milton Friedman , have argued that speculators ultimately are a stabilizing influence on the market, and that stabilizing speculation performs the important function of providing a market for hedgers and transferring risk from those people who don't wish to bear it, to those who do.
Large hedge funds and other well capitalized "position traders" are the main professional speculators. According to some economists, individual traders could act as " noise traders " and have a more destabilizing role than larger and better informed actors.
Currency speculation is considered a highly suspect activity in many countries. He blamed the devaluation of the Malaysian ringgit in on George Soros and other speculators. Gregory Millman reports on an opposing view, comparing speculators to "vigilantes" who simply help "enforce" international agreements and anticipate the effects of basic economic "laws" in order to profit.
In this view, countries may develop unsustainable economic bubbles or otherwise mishandle their national economies, and foreign exchange speculators made the inevitable collapse happen sooner. A relatively quick collapse might even be preferable to continued economic mishandling, followed by an eventual, larger, collapse.
Mahathir Mohamad and other critics of speculation are viewed as trying to deflect the blame from themselves for having caused the unsustainable economic conditions.
Risk aversion is a kind of trading behavior exhibited by the foreign exchange market when a potentially adverse event happens which may affect market conditions.
This behavior is caused when risk averse traders liquidate their positions in risky assets and shift the funds to less risky assets due to uncertainty. In the context of the foreign exchange market, traders liquidate their positions in various currencies to take up positions in safe-haven currencies, such as the US dollar.
An example would be the Financial Crisis of The value of equities across the world fell while the US dollar strengthened see Fig. This happened despite the strong focus of the crisis in the US. Currency carry trade refers to the act of borrowing one currency that has a low interest rate in order to purchase another with a higher interest rate. A large difference in rates can be highly profitable for the trader, especially if high leverage is used.
However, with all levered investments this is a double edged sword, and large exchange rate price fluctuations can suddenly swing trades into huge losses. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Forex disambiguation. Derivatives Credit derivative Futures exchange Hybrid security. Foreign exchange Currency Exchange rate. Balance of trade Currency codes Currency strength Foreign currency mortgage Foreign exchange controls Foreign exchange hedge Foreign-exchange reserves Foreign exchange derivative Money market Nonfarm payrolls Tobin tax World currency Leads and lags.
Cottrell — Centres and Peripheries in Banking: The foreign exchange markets were closed again on two occasions at the beginning of ,.. Essentials of Foreign Exchange Trading. Retrieved 15 November Triennial Central Bank Survey. Bank for International Settlements. Retrieved 22 October Retrieved 1 September Explaining the triennial survey" PDF.
Unlike a stock market, the foreign exchange market is divided into levels of access.
Political upheaval and instability can have a negative impact on a nation's economy.