FOREX 101: Transaction Risk

Transaction risk is an aspect of the Forex market that many people have to deal with on a daily basis. Here are the basics of transaction risk and how it could potentially affect you.

Transaction Risk

Whenever you are dealing with a transaction that involves two currencies, you are going to have to be exposed to a certain amount of transaction risk. Transaction risk deals with the risk that you could potentially lose money on the exchange rate whenever you are in an investment.

How It Works

Let's say that you decide to invest a certain amount of money into a foreign market. You convert your dollars into the foreign currency and make the investment. You wait for a certain amount of time and your investment appreciates in value. At that point, you decide to cash out your investment and get your initial deposit back. In order to do this, you are going to have to convert the foreign currency back into your own currency. While you had your money invested in the other currency, the exchange rate changed between the two currencies. If the value of the dollar decreased against the foreign currency, you could potentially lose money.

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