Currency option enables clients to hedge against the interest rate risks, with the option of making a profit if the future rate reaches a specified level. The purchase of the currency option comes with an option, but not an obligation, to buy or sell the respective currency for a fixed rate (strike price), in the future. The client pays an extra fee for this option at the time when the transaction is concluded. At maturity, the client can choose, as opposed to a forward transaction, to go through with the transaction or not. If the current spot rate in the future increases over the strike level, the buyer will exercise his or her option and will sell the currency at the strike price. If the current spot rate does not increase over the strike price, the option will not be exercised.
Transactions can be concluded for a minimum amount of USD 500,000, or an equivalent in another convertible currency.