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Give me a practical example about swaps.

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Asked by Murali Mohan, 08 Jun '10 12:08 am
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A currency swap is an agreement between two parties to exchange the principal loan amount and interest applicable on it in one currency with the principal and interest payments on an equal loan in another currency. These contracts are valid for a specific period, which could range up to ten years, and are typically used to exchange fixed-rate interest payments for floating-rate payments on dates specified by the two parties.

Since the exchange of payment takes place in two different currencies, the prevailing spot rate is used to calculate the payment amount. This financial instrument is used to hedge interest rate risks.

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Answered by Arun Kumar Verma, 08 Jun '10 12:14 am

 
  
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A swap is an agreement between two parties to exchange sequences of cash flows for a set period of time. Usually, at the time the contract is initiated, at least one of these series of cash flows is determined by a random or uncertain variable, such as an interest rate, foreign exchange rate, equity price or commodity price. Conceptually, one may view a swap as either a portfolio of forward contracts, or as a long position in one bond coupled with a short position in another bond. This article will discuss the two most common and most basic types of swaps: the plain vanilla interest rate and currency swaps.

The Swaps Market
Unlike most standardized options and futures contracts, swaps are not exchange-traded instruments. Instead, swaps are customized contracts that are traded in the over-the-counter (OTC) market between private parties. Firms and financial institutions dominate the swaps market, with few (if any) individuals ever participating. Because swaps occur on the OTC marke ...more
Answered by Pardeep kapoor, 08 Jun '10 12:12 am

 
  
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