Currencies are a system of money accepted within a country, for example the US Dollar in the US, or the Euro across the Eurozone.


In foreign exchange, crosses refer to the exchange rate of currencies being traded in a country that does not utilise either of those currencies. For example, a trader in the UK dealing in Mexican Pesos and Euros will trade them at the ‘cross rate’.

Currency pairs

A currency pair is the quotation and pricing structure of the currencies being traded. The value of a currency is a rate and is determined by its comparison to another currency.

Cross-border payment

Cross-border payment is a transaction in which a payer in one country transfers money to a payee operating in a different country via the foreign exchange market, using a bank or third party payment processor.

Correspondent bank

Banks are financial institutions that are licensed to provide financial services, such as deposit taking, lending, currency exchange and payment services. A correspondent bank is a financial institution that provides services on behalf of another financial institution.