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# Currency Question

Discussion in 'Trading' started by BlueStreek, Jan 20, 2008.

1. ### BlueStreek

Why is one side of a currency pair used more commonly than the other?

For instance the JPY/USD is more commonly used instead of the USD/JPY---why is that the case?

However, when it comes to the EURO/USD this is the more preferred way the pair is referenced, as oppossed to the other option USD/EURO--why the seeming inconsistency?

In regards to the CNY/USD does this mean that there are 7.26 Yuan for every 1 USD? If so what does the reverse pair mean .137 (monthly average in both cases)?

Also if you take the historical monthly avergaes of both sides why are they not statistically identical?

For example, the YOY 2005-06 of the JPY/USD from january to january using monthly averages is 12%, with the same time period of USD/JPY being -10%--shouldn`t they theoretically be identical---12% and -12% respectively?

A more basic question is which usage denotes the USD as the base currency--USD first or...../USD second?

Also, what does the USD/JPY quote of .009217 (monthly average) mean in common exchange usage layman`s terms?

The same for USD/CNY regading .13773?

And EURO/USD 0.67882 (all monthly averages from January 2008)-I want to know how to properly verbalize this exchange ratio if I was discussing this currency relation in terms of exchanging real money.

2. ### Vorpal

I really think the notation just goes back to what was easiest for foreign exchange traders to quote over the phone. It is easier to quote the yen at "106.75" than "0.009367". Generally the x/y combination that results in the "larger number" seems to have won out.

For your own analysis, just convert everything to your home currency, IE: "how many units of foreign currency = \$1USD?". \$1USD = 106.75 Yen = .6870 EUR = 1.028 CAD = 1.1405 AUD, etc.

When the exchange rate is near 1 (IE: USDCAD), or even 10 (USDMXN) it can get confusing sometimes, especially when quote services tend to strip out decimal points and leading zeroes!

3. ### BlueStreek

Thanks Vorpal,

Also if you take the historical monthly avergaes of both sides why are they not statistically identical?

For example, the YOY 2005-06 of the JPY/USD from january to january using monthly averages is 12%, with the same time period of USD/JPY being -10%--shouldn`t they theoretically be identical---12% and -12% respectively?

Did I mess up in my calculations or is this a rounding error, or is it possible that there is some tangible difference which accounts for statistical differences over time when comparing the two pairs`s averages over time? Thanks

4. ### BlueStreek

Here is my spreadsheet. Are there any errors? Did I make some mistakes here? Thanks

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5. ### forex-forex

My quick guess is the difference in interest rates - or bid/ask spreads - could cause any discrepancy when you compare JPY/USD to USD/JPY.

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