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Currency basket definition

A currency basket is a portfolio of currencies that are weighted together in a certain proportion. It is used as a benchmark for measuring the performance of a specific currency against a group of other currencies. The composition of a currency basket depends on the objectives of the trader.

Who uses currency baskets?

A currency basket can be used by traders, financial institutions, and central banks. A trader may use it to diversify currency exposure or to hedge against currency risk, while a central bank may use it to manage their foreign exchange reserves or to influence the value of their own currency in relation to a group of other currencies.

Two examples of currency baskets

A popular currency basket is the US Dollar Index, which measures the value of the US dollar against the currencies of the United States’ major trading partners. This is a basket of six currencies: the euro, the British pound, the Canadian dollar, the Swedish krona, the Swiss franc, and the Japanese yen. It is a benchmark for the strength of the US dollar against these currencies.

Another popular basket is the Euro Currency Index (EURX), which measures the value of the euro against the currencies of the Eurozone’s major trading partners. This is a basket of five currencies: the US dollar, the Japanese yen, the British pound, the Swedish krona, and the Swiss franc. It is a benchmark for the strength of the euro against these currencies.

How to trade currency baskets

Traders can use financial derivatives such as Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), options contracts, and futures contract to speculate on the performance of currency baskets. They can also create a synthetic currency basket; in which case they take long or short positions in currencies in specific weights that match the composition of the currency basket they want to trade.

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