Is there anywhere online I can lookup forward rates for foreign exchange? Preferably this would include historic rates too.

  • I'm afraid future foreign exchange rates are no more known than future stock prices. – C. Ross Aug 16 '10 at 14:06
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    @C. Ross: He's likely referring to getting quotes on FX futures, which are forward contracts, i.e. contracts to settle an exchange of currency at a date in the future. – Chris W. Rea Aug 16 '10 at 14:24
  • The forward rate is the price you can agree now, for an exchange sometime in the future. – GS - Apologise to Monica Aug 16 '10 at 14:24
  • Here's a good definition of FX currency forward contracts and futures contracts: fxconsulting.oanda.com/discover/hedging-products – Chris W. Rea Aug 16 '10 at 14:43
  • Would they be equivalent to options on something holding that currency pair? google.com/finance/option_chain?q=NYSE:FXY – James Roth Aug 16 '10 at 14:50

A few searches on Google revealed a few sites:

I think that any trading platform willing to let you trade futures will also let you see the current prices (e.g. E*Trade). You can probably find others.

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  • Thanks! For some silly reason it didn't occur to me to google for futures prices instead of forwards prices. – GS - Apologise to Monica Sep 5 '10 at 20:16

Here is a list of cross currency pairs futures offered by Intercontinental Exchange ("Ice"). They show existing future contracts for the given currency pairs.

It's not exactly what you were looking for, but hopefully it helps.

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I generally use http://oanda.com when I'm looking for forex data.

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    +1 for pointing out a really good site I've not seen before – James Roth Aug 16 '10 at 20:25

Use Google search, e.g.,

1 cad = ? usd
1 usd = ? jpy
1 usd = ? eur

or you can spell out

1 canadian dollar = ? us dollar
1 us dollar = ? japanese yen
1 us dollar = ? euros

Another good website with 30-day or 120-day historical data is x-rates.com, you can select base currency and exchanged currency.

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    This gives the rates for making the exchange right now, as opposed to the rate I can agree now to make the exchange at some point in the future. – GS - Apologise to Monica Aug 16 '10 at 14:28

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