The foreign currency exchange industry is one of the most unpredictable, liquid and volatile business industries ever operating worldwide. It accommodates to approximately 1.5 trillion U.S. dollars worth of transactions and it becomes a chance for banks, large corporations, business companies of all size and even individual investors to gain profit through forex.
The forex risk of losing or gaining profit in the market is as inevitable as the rising and setting of the sun daily. There is no way that a trader can fully and perfectly go about his trading business without undertaking risks of any sort. Because of this very sensitive and crucial topic in the forex trading industry, all traders must at least exercise some form of forex risk management in order to avoid unnecessary and devastating losses that can kick you out of the game completely.
There are a few things an investor must remember before he or she makes any trading decisions. One among which is cash flows, liabilities and assets are directly affected by any change in the exchange rates that may occur and of course since the exchange rates can change in a snap of a finger, international transactions especially dealing with finances will consequently greatly affect businessmen, traders and investors.
It is important that a trader must perform forex risk management measures especially on economic exposure, translation exposure, accounting and real operating exposure.
Because of the unpredictable changes in exchange rates, the transactional exposures are one among those that contribute highest risks to forex because cash flows, import and export services, lending and borrowing of foreign currency can greatly affect the exchange rates of involved currency pairs. A wise investor must therefore remember to incorporate this in his forex risk management strategy.
There are two general types of risk when dealing with forex risk management and these are: systematic and unsystematic risk. Systematic risk is the risk affecting business aspects such as inflation risk, interest rate risk and market risk. On the other hand unsystematic risks are more specific to the individual events happening to a particular transaction such as business risk and financial risk.
For all the traders out there it is always a good habit to have a trading strategy and you must see to it that both your online broker and your trading platform have forex risk management procedures incorporated into the system. There are many advanced software that contain reliable risk analysis features.