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The complex world of foreign exchange

Forex , also referred to as currency exchange, foreign currency exchange or foreign exchange is, in its simplest form, the buying of one currency – for example US Dollars – with another currency such as the Euro. In other words, it would be someone from Europe going to the United States on a business trip …

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Keeping foreign interest at bay

What is all the fuss about foreign exchange anyway? When one comes from a land whose currency is stronger than, say, ninety percent of the rest of the world’s, should one even care about foreign exchange? While we would be tempted to say no, the truth is that, yes, one needs to be very aware …

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Planned regular monthly payments

The reality of the 21st century is that the world truly has become a global village. It is not only businesses that trade across international lines; people live and work abroad. It is no longer a strange phenomenon to have members of a family spread out across different countries.

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All a little too foreign?

As more investors join the Foreign Exchange Market everyday, naturally they become a little more complex with each new entry. Investors all have different agendas and the market soaks these up as it evolves on a continual basis. As specialists, we’ve undertaken to be totally equipped to absorb these changes so as to take the …

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How Bank Mark-Ups Can Make International Money Transfers Bad For Business

Many companies are switching from commercial banks to independent currency brokers like us at Pure FX. The foreign exchange services we provide ensure customers get the best possible rates on their international money transfers. It isn’t just the foreign exchange rates that must be taken into consideration, it’s the bank mark-ups, too.

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Money Transfer Services And The Interbank System

The big commercial and investment banks are heavy traders on the foreign exchange, attracting a heavy volume of corporate traffic. When a large corporation needs to buy Euros, dollars etc to import goods, they approach the bank who, in turn, approaches the interbank system.

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The Tobin Tax – A 70s Notion Brought Out Of Retirement

The Tobin tax was a concept suggested by top economist James Tobin as far back as 1972. Never implemented, it regularly raises its head whenever there’s an economic crisis.

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The Nightmare World Of Rigid Fixed Parity

Although the foreign exchange is thought of as a free market, it is based on a fixed parity, or fixed par system. However, underlying this are substantial holdings of international reserves, the size of which are determined by the country’s economy, and the permitted size of par fluctuations i.e. the fluctuations in the floating exchange …

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The Difference Between Future And Forward Contracts

Currently, future contracts account for only 7% of global foreign currency exchange. However, they have become popular in recent years. They are distinct from both forward and spot contracts, in that whole numbers are used, and all trading is done against the US dollar.

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Foreign currency exchange exposure and British traders

Many British companies deal exclusively in domestic trade. However, they can still be affected by fluctuations in the foreign exchange rate. The strength of the pound is directly influenced by fluctuations on the foreign exchange, and thus any trader can be affected by currency exchange rates.

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