Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. You could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

Quote currency definition

The quote currency is the second currency listed in a forex pair. It is also known as the counter currency.

The price of a forex pair reflects how much it costs to purchase one unit of the base currency by selling the quote currency.

In a pair listed as GBP/USD, USD is the quote currency. In EUR/CHF, CHF is the quote currency. The first currency listed is referred to as the base currency; GBP and EUR would be the respective base currencies for the above examples.

Quote currency example

If GBP/USD is at 1.5000, for instance, then one British pound is equal in price to $1.5000. If the base currency (the pound) increases in value or the quote currency (dollar) drops, the amount of dollars needed to buy one pound will increase. If the base drops in value or the quote increases, the opposite effect will occur.

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