Quanto

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Equity Derivatives Anatomy™

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TOC | 1 General Definitions | 2 Option Transactions | 3 Exercise of Options | 4 Forward Transactions | 5 Equity Swap Transactions | 6 Valuation | 7 Settlement | 8 Cash Settlement | 9 Physical Settlement | 10 Dividends | 11 Adjustments and Modifications | 12 Extraordinary Events · 12.8 Cancellation Amount · 12.9 Additional Disruption Events · 12.9 List of ADEs · 12.9(b) Consequences of ADEs | 13 Miscellaneous

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Quantos, or "quantity adjusting options", are derivatives in which the underlying exposure is denominated in one currency, but the instrument itself is settled by reference to another currency at a fixed rate determined at the outset of the transaction. Quantos accordingly shield the purchaser from exchange rate fluctuations.

Essentially, a quanto has an embedded currency forward with a variable notional amount. It is that variable notional amount that give the quantity adjusting option its name.