FX capabilities

Foreign exchange (FX) An unparalleled mix of global currencies

From G10 to emerging and frontier markets currencies across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, discover unique FX opportunities with us.

Be at the nexus of G10, emerging and frontier FX markets

These are exciting times for global FX markets. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a liberalisation uptick in previously inaccessible currencies – such as the renminbi.

Still, access to the world’s highest-potential currencies remains limited.

With a long history focused on emerging and frontier financial markets, you can access these currencies with us. Plus, with all G10s and all possible product types available – including spots, options, and NDFs – we can help you achieve your global currency trading needs.

And for successful long-term FX-market participation, you need more than just currency access. You need a partner that keeps you abreast of all influencing macro and micro factors. With research done on the ground across our emerging and frontier market footprint, we can be that partner.

And looking ahead, we’re collaborating with central banks across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, to drive the liberalisation that will connect you to the standout currencies of the future.

Why choose us?

Achieve all your FX goals

Access a wide range of product types and non-vanilla structuring – across 130 currencies and 5,000 pairs

Trust local expertise

With on-the-ground research and close central-bank relationships, we can strengthen your global FX strategy

Access best-available pricing

We translate unrivalled liquidity across Asia, Africa and the Middle East into competitive pricing for you

What we offer

All our products are available via our proprietary single-dealer platform, Standard Chartered Markets, and via traditional voice channels.

These products are broadly available across the G10, emerging and frontier market currencies we trade in. Discover a complete range of forwards, non-deliverable forwards (NDFs), spots, swaps, non-deliverable swaps (NDS) and algos – all with us.

Locally-produced research, from a global partner

Access the analysis you need to thrive in high-barrier markets, with research produced on the ground by experts across Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Delivering complex deals in unique markets

FX trading needs aren’t always vanilla – especially for non-G10 currencies. However complex your needs, our structured solutions experts can create new structures across our available currencies, and across our financial markets solutions.

Hedging with Thai-baht forwards

Our client wanted to continue its existing USD-liability hedge, however had concerns over certainty and costs. We structured a unique target redemption forward with delayed settlement – and with the fixings occurring in the first few months, the client received the certainty it was seeking.

First-to-market RFR swaps

Our client, a Malaysian bank, wanted to hedge its USD/MYR exposure. It needed a partner with local-currency experience, and one that could also risk-manage derivatives for new risk-free rate (RFR) indices. As a result, we structured the first-ever MYR Kuala Lumpur Interbank Offered Rate (KLIBOR)-USD SOFR cross-currency basis swap.

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Uncovering a world of unchartered opportunities

Access and thrive in high-barrier markets with us. We provide on-the-ground research into Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and proprietary pricing and trade execution across multiple asset classes – including FX, rates, and commodities.

And for more complex packaging needs, we offer bespoke structuring solutions. For financing needs, we offer a full spectrum across our dynamic footprint – from traditional credit and debt market products, to specialised financing and beyond. And with custody, clearing and securities lending also available, we can support all your financial market needs.