Are you an importer or exporter? A forward contract could add certainty in uncertain times
If you are an importer or exporter who sells your products and services all around the globe, volatility in the currency market can add significant risk to your businesses cash flow.
With an ever-evolving economic landscape and having to manage different country regulations, currency transactions, and integrations in various payment schemes, the complexities of running a business in today’s climate is no easy feat.
Forward Contracts are a powerful solution to protect your business from FX market risk, giving you and your business cost certainty in your international business transactions.
What is a Forward Contract?
A Forward Contract is a “hedging” tool that does not require upfront payment. When two parties sign a forward contract, they agree to trade a certain amount of one currency for another currency at a later predetermined date while setting a targeted exchange rate for the future trade at the same time.
Benefits of a Forward Contract:
Protecting your Cash Flow. Forward contracts allow you to protect your business profit against the impact of fluctuating exchange rates.
Delay payments. Using a Forward Contract allows you to book funds at a desired exchange rate to be used at a future date, because of this you do not have to pay for the full cost of your transfer until it is placed, which in some cases, could be up to twelve months into the future.
Pick your rate. Forward Contracts give you and your business the power and flexibility to secure an exchange rate that suits your financial needs for the foreseeable future, allowing you to better manage your businesses finances.
Transparency. Forward Contracts provide you and your business with full transparency of your costs with guaranteed rates to be utilized at a future date, allowing you to forecast efficiently and secure your profit margins and better manage your budget.
There are two different types of Forward Contracts that you can book for your business:
A Standard Forward allows you to buy or sell a fixed amount of currency at a fixed rate on a specific future date.
A Flexible Forward allows you to buy or sell a fixed amount of currency at a pre- determined rate over a set date range in the future. The contract can be drawn down at any time before the end date.
Both Standard and Flexible risk management strategies can be applied for incoming and outgoing payments and can be booked for various time periods, most commonly for twelve months into the future.
Forward Contacts for importers
The main benefit of utilizing a Forward Contract as an importer is to control and mitigate your exposure to foreign exchange volatility, especially within today's market. A Forward Contract will give you peace of mind on the cost of any of your overseas contracts. Even if the currency pair that you are dealing with when importing fluctuates between the time of the agreement, delivery of goods and the payment of the invoice, your will be secured.
Forward Contracts for exporters
As an exporter, booking a Forward Contact to sell a currency allows you to secure a targeted FX rate to be used at a future date. This enables you to know how much in your home currency you will receive.
Booking a Forward Contract will make goods more attractive to buy as you are removing the currency volatility from the deal. This can allow you to be very competitive on your pricing strategy and at the same time, still secure your profit margins.
Ask yourself these questions when thinking of booking a Forward Contract:
Would the transparency of knowing your FX rates upfront be a benefit for your business?
What is the fixed budget you would like to achieve?
How often are your goods repriced due to impact and movement within the FX market?
What is your lead time to convert your payments proceeds? What impact does this have on your cash flow certainty?
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Who can use the MTFX payment service?
Individuals and businesses who need to send money in foreign currency internationally can use MTFX’s services. The beneficiary of the transfer must have a bank account for the funds to be paid into.
Personal clients usually use our services to transfer money between their own accounts in two different countries.
Business clients usually use our services to transfer funds to suppliers, fund international operations, or repatriate overseas earnings.
Why should I use MTFX and not my own bank?
MTFX offers currency exchange rates that are 2-5% better than those offered by the banks. Personal clients usually save hundreds of dollars per transfer and for larger transfers, the savings can run into the thousands.
We also offer excellent customer service, dedicated currency specialists, and a 24/7 online platform with best-in-class technology that allows you to complete transfers from any device virtually anywhere in the world.
Business customers save with better currency exchange rates and proven solutions geared towards managing and mitigating foreign exchange risk. Our solutions include forward contracts, market orders, rate alert services, and much more - all backed by great technology and great people.
How do customers send funds to MTFX?
Funds can be transferred via wire transfer, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), or ACH payment services. MTFX maintains bank accounts in all major currencies with highly-rated banks. Our banking infrastructure ensures that you can transfer funds to us quickly and securely.
How long does it take MTFX to transfer funds?
Our global network of banking partners allows us to get funds to virtually anywhere in the world quickly and efficiently. Most wire transfers from MTFX will be received by your beneficiary within 24-48 hours. MTFX also offers same-day transfers that are almost instantaneous, as well as low-cost in-country payment services for your less urgent transfers. For further information please speak to one of our currency specialists.
Please read the following update before logging in to your MTFX online account
We have updated our online dealing system to provide you with better functionality, more unique tools and an overall enhanced client experience. MTFX Online 2.0 is now available for your dealing needs. You can begin using our enhanced online portal today.
Please note that the traditional portal will be available for use until MAY 30th 2021 at which point it will be decommissioned.