Aussie investors and money managers are now using a foreign exchange boom to make a quick buck.
Key points:Foreign exchange market has surged as interest in gold and silver has surgedForeign exchange traders are now turning to foreign exchange as a way to get richQuick, easy way to make extra moneyForeign exchange trading is booming as gold and other precious metals are surging in value, making it a popular investment.
The market for foreign exchange is booming, with foreign exchange futures contracts trading at a high of $US10.6 billion ($11.3 billion) on Monday.
Gold futures, which are traded at the international price, hit an all-time high of more than $US11.6 million on Monday on the Australian Stock Exchange.
But, the boom has taken a hit with many foreign exchange traders turning to trading in foreign currency, which is more volatile.
Australian traders are also buying foreign currency to use in their own trading.
Foreign exchange boomThe foreign exchange market, like any other, is subject to the whims of the central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia.
There are rules to ensure foreign exchange reserves are not oversubscribed.
But it has exploded in value as the global economy has been battered by the financial crisis.
While gold has fallen, the Australian dollar has increased more than 50 per cent in the past year.
That means foreign exchange markets are also seeing a surge in demand for foreign currency.
In a recent report, investment bank Goldman Sachs estimated that foreign exchange trading was worth $US1.6 trillion last year.
Gold is now the biggest asset class by value and is currently trading at $US4,900 per ounce.
Foreign currency trading has been a huge success for foreign investors, with the vast majority of those taking advantage of it.
Foreign exchanges are used to hedge against volatile currencies and to buy and sell commodities like gold and commodities.
The rise of foreign exchange and other currencies has been fueled by the increase in interest in the precious metals.
There is a strong demand for precious metals as a hedge against inflation.
In Australia, gold prices have been rising rapidly.
Gold futures contracts have surged as investors have bought foreign currency and gold.
“The gold market has gone up by a whopping 200 per cent,” said Andrew Geddes, an Australian gold futures trader.
“There is nothing to worry about as the gold is priced in a fair and safe way.”
Gold has now surpassed the price of the US dollar in some countries.
In the US, gold futures contracts are trading at an all time high of almost $US17,500 per ounce, while silver futures contracts at $USD3,700 per ounce have been trading at around $US6,300 per ounce in recent weeks.
Gold has been an increasingly important foreign exchange asset as it has been able to hedge the effects of the global financial crisis on global economies.
But as the value of the precious metal has risen, foreign exchange interest has surged.
“When gold goes up, it helps in hedging the risk, and the gold price goes up as well,” said John Millington, a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
“If you are hedging, it’s easy to profit from gold and vice versa.”
Foreign exchange boomsThe boom in foreign exchange has seen foreign exchange prices rise by up to 100 per cent on Monday alone.
But some foreign exchange dealers have noticed that foreign currencies are now trading at prices higher than the Australian Dollar.
Foreign buyers are now taking advantageOf course, there is a limit to how high a foreign currency will go.
Foreign exchange contracts are designed to be worth a certain amount of Australian dollars and foreign currencies.
But foreign exchange contracts can rise and fall with the Australian economy and the economy can crash in the event of a financial shock.
“It’s a tricky thing to hedge.
It can go up and down,” said Mr Millingtons colleague Andrew Gee.”
We don’t want to see a collapse in foreign prices, but if we can get a return on the money, that’s fine.”
In an interview with The Australian Financial Review last week, foreign currency trader Ian McLean said foreign exchange was one of the ways to make additional money as gold prices rise.
He said:”It has been growing, but we can see the gold market going up because the gold and the silver have come up.”
“We see that as a very, very healthy asset class to trade.”
Topics:financial-trends,foreign-affairs,markets,foreign,financial-markets,finance,foreignpolicy,americasFirst posted September 06, 2018 07:37:58Contact Nick TaylorMore stories from New South Wale: