Le Forward Rate Agreement

An FRA transaction is a contract between two parties for the exchange of payments on a deposit, the so-called nominal amount, which must be determined on the basis of a short-term interest rate called the reference rate, over a period predetermined at a future date. Fra transactions are recorded as hedges against changes in interest rates. The buyer of the contract blocks the interest rate to guard against a rise in interest rates, while the seller protects against a possible fall in interest rates. At maturity, no money exchanges hands; on the contrary, the difference between the contractual interest rate and the market price is exchanged. The buyer of the contract is paid if the published reference rate is higher than the contractually agreed fixed rate and the buyer pays to the seller if the published reference rate is lower than the contractually agreed fixed rate. .

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