What is currency hedging?

Euan Robb

Navigating the complexities of global financial transactions can be challenging, especially when dealing with the unpredictability of foreign exchange rates. This is where currency hedging becomes a vital tool for any business in the UK involved in international dealings.

This blog post will provide a comprehensive understanding of currency hedging, its importance in managing foreign exchange risks, and how Equals Money's international transfer service can be your ideal ally in the process.

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What is currency hedging for businesses?

Currency hedging is a financial strategy employed to minimise or neutralise the risks posed by exchange rate fluctuations. When your transactions involve different currencies, you're exposed to the risk of exchange rates moving against your favour, which can significantly impact the value and predictability of your international dealings. Currency hedging serves as a protective mechanism, aiming to increase stability in such transactions.

Why is currency hedging important?

  1. Risk management: It's a proactive approach to managing the uncertainty of currency movements, essential for maintaining financial stability.
  2. Accurate financial planning: Hedging allows for more precise budgeting and forecasting by securing exchange rates for future transactions.
  3. Market edge: It equips businesses with the ability to offer stable pricing to their customers, setting them apart in a volatile market.

How does currency hedging work?

The process involves using financial instruments like forward contracts1, futures, options, and more to fix current exchange rates for future transactions. For instance, a UK business purchasing goods from abroad can use a forward contract to lock in the exchange rate for a future payment, thereby knowing the exact cost irrespective of market changes.

Equals Money's international payments service: Your gateway to effective hedging

Equals Money brings you a user-friendly international transfer service that simplifies currency hedging. Our service stands out for its in-house expertise, competitive rates, and dedicated account management, making it an ideal choice for managing your foreign exchange needs.

How to start with Equals Money

Starting with Equals Money's international transfer service is straightforward. Request a quote on our website or by using the link below, and let our expert team guide you through understanding and utilising the best hedging strategies for your requirements.


Currency hedging is an indispensable strategy for anyone involved in international finance. It increases financial predictability and stability in a fluctuating currency market. With Equals Money, you gain a trusted partner to help you navigate the complexities of foreign exchange, offering peace of mind and financial security.


  1. Who should consider currency hedging? Anyone involved in international transactions or exposed to foreign currency risks should consider currency hedging.
  2. Is currency hedging suitable for small businesses?Yes, businesses of all sizes can benefit from currency hedging to mitigate exchange rate risks.
  3. When hedging with Equals Money are my funds safe? Protection of your finances is paramount. Equals Money protects customer funds via safeguarding, holding them in specially designated safeguarded bank accounts, separate from their other assets.2
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1Equals Money can only offer forward contracts to facilitate payments for goods and services.

2Equals Money accounts don’t fall under FSCS. Please visit the Equals Money website for more details.

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