Meanwhile, foreign central banks are holding the line on low interest rates for now, lagging the Fed and widening the yield spread on short-term rates that determine relative hedging costs in currency forwards
and cross-currency basis swaps.
Fund managers said Egypt's slide was at least partly due to jitters in emerging markets globally, although MSCI's emerging market equity index rose on Wednesday, and credit default swaps and currency forwards
do not so far show heavy pressure on the Egyptian pound.
"If there is flexibility on the timing of a transaction, an exporter may wish to look at purchasing currency forwards
where the exchange rate of a particular currency is locked in for a future date, but can be taken early if needed."
The insurgency in Iraq has not hurt overall market confidence in the Gulf; investors still see no direct impact on the Gulf Cooperation Council, where currency forwards
and credit default swaps have not risen in response to Iraq.
There is always the opportunity to hedge exchange risk and/ or buy currency forwards
"Now the spotlight in financial markets is focusing on the currency forwards
Unhedged net derivatives included $48 million of credit default swaps, $229 million in interest rate swaps and less than $1 million of foreign currency forwards
One-year Qatari riyal currency forwards
, which have been pushed up by the Syrian crisis, continued to climb on Tuesday, reaching 180.01 points bid, the highest level since March 2010.
This fuelled speculation in the currency forwards
market, which ultimately proved incorrect, that they might have to abandon their pegs.
The fund utilises currency forwards
with a directional bias in the “carry” component of the strategy.
Three-month onshore currency forwards
traded at 56.96 per dollar, compared to 56.92 on Monday, and offshore non- deliverable contracts were at 57.09 from 57.07.