Barrier options hedging could come under scrutiny in fixing probe

Participants fear barrier options could come under spotlight

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Hedging barrier options in currency markets could become the next phase in the global probe into alleged price manipulation. Market moves around expiry represent a grey area in which pushing prices to avoid large pay-outs or to boost profits could be viewed as market manipulation, market participants say.

Barrier options contracts include a 'knock out' price, whereby the client would be declined the option to buy or sell the currency should the underlying spot rate hit a particular price at any

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