Why is currency always quoted in pairs ?

Discussion in 'Trading' started by anniecalvert, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. Is there a single quotes for pair of currencies ?
  2. JackRab


    The quote for USD = 1 USD
    The quote for EUR = 1 EUR
    The quote for JPY = 1 JPY

    Quoting singles doesn't make any sense.... since nobody is selling USD for USD. Only USD for EUR or EUR for JPY... hence the pair...

    Quote for EUR.USD = 1.235
    Quote for USD.JPY = 108.70

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  3. tomorton


    Because you have to use another currency to buy a currency, e.g. you can't use USD to buy USD, as each is worth the same, 1 for 1, so there'd be no point. Buy buying a currency makes sense on expectations: so what you buy today can be sold next week for more than you paid.
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  4. oky thankyou :) this is useful
  5. Pekelo


    Because you need to measure the currency against something. You could measure all against gold for example, to get the same feeling just how much gold you can buy in any particular currency.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018
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  6. If you are travelling abroad you might first go to the bank and exchange one currency for another. Or once you arrive at your foreign destination.

    In others words how many X do you get for your Y. That is expressed as an exchange (aka trade) rate.

    Same thing occurs when you purchase something. Dollars or whatever are exchanged for goods or services.

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