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The currency markets can be very exciting for active traders.  If you trade spot/cash forex, it's time to look at forex futures. Currency futures were first introduced to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) in 1972. That was less than one year after the system of fixed exchange rates was abandoned along with the gold standard. Click here for a list of actively traded currency, and cross currency futures markets.

A currency future is a futures contract to exchange one currency for another at a specified date in the future at a price that is fixed on the purchase date. Typically, one of the currencies is the US dollar. The price of a futures contract is then in terms of US dollars per unit of other currency.


Investors can use currency futures contracts to hedge against foreign exchange risk, or currency futures can be used to speculate and, by incurring a risk, attempt to profit from rising or falling exchange rates. Whether you are a speculator or a hedger, this section on currency futures contains a wealth of valuable information. Before trading currency futures and options you should contact an experienced broker to discuss market risk and opportunities.

FX Products Calendar and Guide

Click on the link above to download a very informative .pdf brochure entitled "FX Calendar and Guide". It was published by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. This is a must read guide for any novice or advanced trader considering an investment in currency futures and options.

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