Introduction

Bankers have been saying for a long time that foreign exchange has become a legitimate asset class. And so it has. But, until relatively recently, this was true mainly for hedge funds, prop traders and other institutional investors running dedicated foreign exchange funds. A few individuals dabbled in foreign currency bank accounts or exchange-traded funds that offered forex exposure. For most investors, though, foreign exchange was merely a risk to be managed or lived with.

That has now genu

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