In what is arguably in one of the most volatile markets, timeliness and relevance of information holds the key to effective decision-making. Information about the movements and trends in the forex market is all the more crucial because it has a direct impact on the bottom line of the corporate. Accurate and timely information is not only a facilitator to decision making but also goes towards ensuring that the corporate is obtaining rates in line with the market.
We satisfy the above need by means of our information service module. Acting as information service providers to more than 2000 corporate clients across the country, we ensure that our clients remain informed about the market and the changes taking place therein. Information is delivered through a variety of communication media like e-mail, fax and SMS. Reports are sent on a daily basis with a weekly and monthly round up. The reports encompass all possible information about the forex market and the money market along with the fundamental and technical analysis. Apart from data on interbank rates we also send a pre market SMS reflecting intraday rupee view.
The importance of good, solid, and reliable market information is extraordinarily valuable when it comes to dealing in volatile markets like Forex, and even more important when small variations may impact heavily on your profitability.
'Greenback Rate Watch' screen where Forex rates are powered by REUTERS on our website, keeps you updated with market data including spot and forward rates of USDINR , major currencies and INR crosses. This is an exclusive tie-up by us with Thomson Reuters to provide forex updates on our website. With this, users will be able to access reliable forex data 24X7 throughout the year which will not only enable corporates to track the current markets but also help while negotiating rates with banks while dealings.
Users will also be able to use our 'Forward Calculator' to arrive at forward rates of INR pairs viz USDINR, EURINR, GBPINR, CHFINR & JPYINR. Apart from this users will be able to view major commodities, stock indices, LIBOR rates, MIFOR rates , NDF rates etc.
Forex Risk Advisory
In simple words, risk could be defined as uncertainty about the future. Companies which are into foreign trade are exposed to the risk of fluctuation in exchange rates and interest rates as their cash flows and profitability are inseparably linked to these factors. The risk is accentuated because the underlying variables, namely currencies and interest rates are volatile and dependent on a host of macro economic and political factors.
We appreciate the fact that corporate personnel cannot be expected to devote their entire time and effort to just monitor the forex market. We, therefore, step into the shoes of the corporates as far as management of their forex portfolio's goes. Capitalizing on our expertise and infrastructure, we assist corporates right from the stage of drawing up forex risk management policies, proceeding to setting up benchmark costing levels for transactions and managing forex risk through various hedging strategies. Our sole purpose is to see to it that we provide the corporate with all the inputs and advice needed for them to take an informed decision. Our forex advisory module helps in relieving the corporate from the responsibility of constantly monitoring forex markets and enables them to concentrate on their core business areas.
Over the counter interest rates and cross currency derivatives like interest rate swaps, forward rate agreements (FRA) and currency options are some of the pre-dominant tools used by corporate to manage interest rate and currency risks. With options on currency being allowed and further liberalization of the Indian financial markets, new risk management products like currency and interest rates swaps have become corporates hedging needs.
However, Indian corporate have been facing problems in terms of pricing of various derivative structures at the time of inception of the derivative contracts. These problems faced are two fold -in terms of the pricing model used in the inter-bank markets and also yield curves used for such pricing. Besides this, the corporate also face a problem at the time of unwinding the deal. Apart from the above mentioned pricing and valuation issues, there are various operational hassles, which include limited number of dealing banks, limited lines of credit for derivatives, credit risk, actual transaction related issues, etc. As the Indian markets have opened up for the use of new derivative products, corporate are typically shown exotics and non-standardized derivative instruments. Thus, it becomes imperative for the corporate to clearly understand the rationale and the hedge effectiveness of such derivative products. Additionally, we also provide our expert advice in the accounting treatment of the derivative deals thereby ensuring compliance of various accounting standards.
We assist corporate to face these challenges and help corporate treasuries on a real time basis with a specific focus on interest rate and currency derivatives.
With liberalization of exchange controls in India and simplification of procedures by RBI through a plethora of circulars and notifications, various activities involving foreign exchange inflows and outflows can be now freely effected. Corporate are required to keep themselves updated with such developments. We meet this corporate need by informing corporate about the latest amendments with interpretation of the same and most importantly how the corporate is affected by such changes. Also, we help corporate in obtaining specific RBI approvals by understanding the facts of the case and presenting it in an appropriate manner. All in all, our efforts are directed to the sole purpose that corporate understand the policies affecting them; comply with all the regulatory requirements, while taking advantage of any flexibilities offered by law.
International Debt Syndication
Increasing cross border trade presents an international trader with many challenges. A corporate having a currency exposure due to imports/exports, apart from effectively managing the currency risk they are also concerned about reducing the interest cost linked to the same. Especially in certain sectors, where the margins are wafer thin, the additional avenue for an importer/exporter would be to reduce costs so as to improve his bottom line.
Today the business world is ever - changing and expanding. Global outreach has become a large portion of the business landscape. At Greenback, we can help your business grow by providing you with the various financial structures. Our Trade Finance department is part of a world wide banking network ready to fulfill your business trade needs.
To assist your import/export business, our syndication team can help you find international banks providing Libor linked finance and guide you on the ways to reduce the cost of financing the transaction. With more than a decade old experience, we may be able to help you reduce your banking costs thus improving your balance sheets.
We operate on a large and continuously expanding network across the country. By virtue of our relationship with over 2000 corporate clients all over India, we thoroughly understand different industrial sectors and can structure products so as to cater to the needs of an individual corporate. This has led us to becoming a three billion dollar syndication desk. High market penetration, extensive banking network and high volumes, makes it possible for Greenback to effectively sell bank and country risk.
We have a full-fledged trade finance setup arranging for the following trade related requirements.
Discounting of usance import L/C's at Libor related rates. Trade credits to corporate on the back of an undertaking from Indian banks, for both L/C as well as non L/C D/A imports. Confirmation of exports L/Cs; Tying up with banks for forfaiting of export L/Cs.
Commodity trading has opened up a new avenue for businessmen, corporate, institutional players and retails invertors to trade and invest in commodities. This market is also useful for different participants like hedgers, arbitragers and investors.
Greenback Commodities Pvt. Ltd is a facilitator for commodity trading/hedging in India. Our membership of NCDEX and MCX enables our customers to trade/hedge in the Agro, Base metals, Precious Metals and Energy contracts.
Greenback Commodities has integrated research, global orientation and professional team backed by strong infrastructure and risk management system.
Currency Futures / Interest Rate Futures
The launch of currency futures in India has made it accessible for individuals with forex expertise to trade and invest in currency. Currently only USD/INR currency pair is traded with more pairs likely to be launched in future. The currency futures platform is not only a trading platform but also a hedging platform for small sized corporate with operational hurdles like limits, rates etc.
NSE has also launched the Interest rate futures which is a financial derivative with an interest bearing instrument like Government Securities as the underlying asset.
Greenback Financial and FX Services Pvt. Ltd. (GFFS), a subsidiary of Greenback Forex Services Private Ltd (GBFX) is a member of MCX-SX and NSE which facilitates the same by acting as a brokerage firm.