floating exchange rate

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Floating exchange rate

A country's decision to allow its currency value to change freely. The currency is not constrained by central bank intervention and does not have to maintain its relationship with another currency in a narrow band. The currency value is determined by trading in the foreign exchange market.
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Floating Exchange Rate

The exchange rate in which the value of the currency is determined by the free market. That is, a currency has a floating exchange rate when its value changes constantly depending on the supply and demand for that currency, as well as the amount of the currency held in foreign reserves. An advantage to a floating exchange rate is that it tends to be more economically efficient. However, floating exchange rates tend to be more volatile depending on the particular currency. A currency with a floating exchange rate may undergo currency appreciation or currency depreciation, depending on market fluctuations. A floating exchange rate is also called a flexible exchange rate. See also: Fixed exchange rate, Crawling peg, Managed float.
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floating exchange rate

An exchange rate between two currencies that is allowed to fluctuate with the market forces of supply and demand. Floating exchange rates tend to result in uncertainty as to the future rate at which currencies will exchange. This uncertainty is responsible for the increased popularity of forward, futures, and option contracts on foreign currencies. Also called flexible exchange rate. Compare fixed exchange rate.
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Talks between Pakistan and the IMF broke down late last year due to the IMF's demand for a significant increase in interest rate to contain inflation, hike in electricity and gas tariffs, adoption of a totally free exchange rate regime and ensuring primary fiscal balance.
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One economist told Reuters, "If the government rate becomes 17,000 rials to the dollar, the free exchange rate will become 26,000."
Turkey adopted free exchange rate regime and free capital movements."
Within the free exchange rate system adopted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) member states.
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