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Curency Rates Made Easy

Jun 24, 2008
The currency rate, or the exchange rate specifies the value of one currency in terms of another currency. Also known as the foreign exchange rate or forex rate, the currency rate is the most important aspect in a trillion dollar worldwide market. With their importance, there are many factors that affect the rates of currencies all over the world. This can range from the political issues in the country to the amount of investment that the country receives.

There are several distinct ways to measure currency rates, which as a result brings about the different types of exchange rates. The exchange rate many people are used to is popularly known as the spot exchange rate. This is based on the amount of that currency as traded daily. The forward exchange rate on the other hand refers to the exchange rate for a specific currency as quoted and traded today, but is set to be paid on a specific date in the future.

That the exchange rate of one United States dollar is a hundred and twenty three Japanese yen is one of the best examples of how a currency rate works.

In the world foreign currency market, you will usually see currencies paired and traded. To give an example, it is interesting to note that one of the most popular currency pairings is the USD/EUR pairing. The first component in this pairing is the USD, or US dollar, which is known as the base currency. The EUR or euro is then called the counter currency or vice versa. Whenever any amount is indicated, that amount then refers to the exchange rate of a euro to a dollar. For example, if the equation says EUR/USD = 1.33866, then it only means than one euro is equivalent to 1.33866 US dollars.

The rates for currency pairs are usually given in four decimal places, except for the case of the Japanese yen which is given in only two decimal places. Currency rates should be properly given in five digits, and in five decimal places when the rates are below one. The most paired and traded currencies in the world are the United States dollar, the Euro, the Japanese yen, the British pound, the Swiss franc, the Australian dollar, and the Canadian dollar.
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