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When we trade financial products, the number one barrier is terminologies. In addition, even general terms we use in our lives in the financial world such as stock, forex, cryptocurrencies may have different meanings. In such a case, this site has prepared a convenient term dictionary. It’s a small thing, but please refer to it when you want to find out glossaries with one hand for all investors from beginners who have just started trading to experienced people.

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Back Office

Settlement and related processes.

Back to Back

(1) Transaction where all the obligations and liabilities in one transaction are mirrored in a second transaction.

(2) Transaction where a loan is made in one currency in one country against a loan in another country in another currency.

Balance of Payments

A systematic record of the economic transactions during a given period for a country.

(1) The term is often used to mean either:

(i) balance of payments on “current account”; or (ii) the current account plus certain long term capital movements.

(2) The combination of the trade balance, current balance, capital account and invisible balance, which together make up the balance of payments total. Prolonged balance of payment deficits tend to lead to restrictions in capital transfers, and or decline in currency values.

Balance of Trade

The value of exports less imports. Invisibles are normally excluded, which is why balance of trade is also referred to as mercantile or physical trade. Figures can be quoted as FoB/FaS , customs cleared, or FoB export.


The range in which a currency is permitted to move. A system used in the ERM.

Bank Line

Line of credit granted by a bank to a customer, also known as a “line”.

Bank Notes

Bank notes are paper issued by the central or issuing bank. They are legal tender, but are not usually considered to be part of the FX market. However bank notes can be converted, in some counties, into FX. Bank notes are normally priced at a premium to the current spot rate for a currency .

Bank Rate

The rate at which a central bank is prepared to lend money to its domestic banking system.

Barrier Option

A family of path dependent options whose pay-off pattern and survival to the expiration date depend not only on the final price of the underlying currency, but also on whether or not the underlying currency breaks a predetermined price level at any time during the life of the option. See Down and Out call/put, Down and in call/put, Up and out call/put, Up and in call/put.

Base Currency

The currency in which the operating results of the bank or institution are reported.

Base Rate

A term used in the UK for the rate used by banks to calculate the interest rate to borrowers. Top quality borrowers will pay a small amount over base.


The difference between the cash price and futures price.

Basis Convergence

The process whereby the basis tends towards zero as the contract expiry approaches.

Basis Point

One per cent of one per cent.

Basis Price

The price expressed in terns of yield maturity or annual rate of return.

Basis Trading

Taking opposite positions in the cash and futures market with the intention of profiting from favorable movements in the basis.


A group of currencies normally used to manage the exchange rate of another currency, sometimes referred to as a unit of account.


A person (investor) who believes that prices will decline.

Bear Market

A market in which prices decline sharply against a background of widespread pessimism (opposite of Bull Market).

Bear Put Spread

A spread designed to exploit falling exchange rates by purchasing a put option with a high exercise price and selling one with a low exercise price.


Benchmark was originally a surveying term for “level marker”. In other words, it is a mark that indicates the zero point, and it is a standard for measuring whether it is higher or lower than that.

It has come to be used in various industries to mean “measurement standard”.
When used as a term related to finance or securities, it means an index of transaction price or a standard for measuring investment performance.

The benchmark in forex is the price of spot trading in the interbank market. However, in this case, the nuance is slightly different from the case of the performance evaluation of the fund illustrated above, and it means that it is a basic index that should be linked. Benchmarks may be used more often in this sense.

There are various benchmarks in the world, and LIBOR is one of them. The interest rate for interbank transactions in London has become a benchmark for short-term interest rates in Europe as well as the United Kingdom.

Regarding stocks, Nikkei 225 and TOPIX for Japanese stocks, S & P500 for US stocks, etc.

Bid Price

The price at which a buyer has offered to purchase the currency or instrument. Bid is the highest price that the buyer is offering for the particular currency at the moment; the difference between the ask price and the bid price is the spread. Together, the two prices constitute a quotation. The bid-ask spread is stated as a percentage cost of transacting in the foreign exchange.

Big Figure

Refers normally to the first three digits of an exchange rate that dealers treat as understood in quoting. For example, a quote of “30/40” on dollar mark could indicate a price of 1.5530/40BIS: Bank of International Settlement.

Bilateral Clearing

A system used where foreign currency is limited. In such a system, payments are usually routed through the central banks, and sometimes require that the trade balance is equaled every year.

Binary Options

A binary “call” (or “step up”) is like a standard European call option except that the pay off at expiry is fixed at one unit of the counter currency when the call expires in the money .

Black-Scholes Model

An option pricing formula initially derived by Fisher Black and Myron Scholes for securities options and later refined by Black for options on futures. It is widely used in the currency markets.


The recording of a transaction outside the country where the transaction is itself negotiated.


Slang for Russian trading.

Break Even Point

The price of a financial instrument at which the option buyer recovers the premium, meaning that either a loss or gain is made. In the case of a call option, the break even point is the exercise price plus the premium.

Break Out

In the options market, undoing a conversion or a reversal to restore the option buyer’s original position.


The site of the 1944 conference which led to the establishment of the post war foreign exchange system that remained intact until the early 1970s. The conference also resulted in the formation of the IMF. The fixed exchange rate system established at Bretton-Woods allowed 1% fluctuations of a given currency to gold or the dollar.

Broken Dates or Period

Deals that are undertaken for value dates that are not standard periods e.g. 1 month. The standard periods are 1 week, 2 weeks, 1, 2, 3, 6 and 12 months. Terms also used are odd dates, or cock dates, broken dates or broken period.


An agent, who executes orders to buy and sell currencies and related instruments either for a commission or on a spread. Brokers are agents working on commission and not principals or agents acting on their own account. In the foreign exchange market, brokers tend to act as intermediaries between banks bringing buyers and sellers together for a commission paid by the initiator or by both parties. There are four or five major global brokers operating through subsidiaries, affiliates and partners in many countries.


Commission charged by a broker.


Bundesbank, the central bank of Germany.


A person (investor) who believes that prices will rise.

Bull (call or put) Spread

An option position composed of both long and short options of the same type, either calls or puts, designed to be profitable in a declining market. An option with a lower strike price is bought and one with a higher strike price is sold.

Bull Market

A market characterized by rising prices.


Sterling bonds issued in the UK by foreign institutions.


A term for gold bars, not coin.


Central bank of Germany.

Butterfly Spread

(1) A futures butterfly spread is a spread trade in which multiple futures months are traded simultaneously at a differential. The trade basically consists of two futures spread transactions with either three or four different futures months at one differential.

(2) An options butterfly spread is a combination of a bear and bull spread trade in which multiple options months and strike prices are traded simultaneously at a differential. The trade basically consists of two options spread transactions with either three or four different options months and strikes at one differential.


The purchaser of an option, whether a call or put option. The buyer may also be referred to as the option holder. Option buyers receive the right, but not the obligation, to enter a futures/securities market position.

Buying Rate

Rate at which the market and a market maker in particular are willing to buy the currency. Sometimes called bid rate.

Buying The Spread

To buy the nearby contract and simultaneously sell the deferred contract. Also referred to as a bull spread.

*These glossaries are based on easyMarkets educational tools.

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