Category: Popular Currency

The Bottom Line

Every currency has specific features that affect its underlying value and price movements relative to other currencies in the forex market. Understanding the factors that move a currency is a pivotal step in becoming a savvy participant in the forex market. The U.S. dollar, the euro, the yen, the...
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The Canadian Dollar

The Canadian dollar, nicknamed the loonie, is also a commodity currency, meaning that it often moves in step with the commodities markets—notably crude oil, precious metals, and minerals. With Canada being such a large exporter of such commodities, the loonie often reacts to movements in underlying commodities prices, especially that...
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The Australian Dollar

Also known as the Aussie, the Australian dollar is one of the major currencies of the Asia-Pacific region. The Aussie is considered one of the foremost commodity currencies, meaning that its value can be affected by price shifts in Australia’s major exports. The AUD-USD trading pair now accounts for 6.37%...
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The Great British Pound

The Great British pound, also known as the pound sterling, is the fourth most traded currency in the forex market.2 Although the U.K. was an official member of the European Union, the country never adopted the euro as its official currency for a variety of reasons, namely historic pride in the...
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The Japanese Yen

The Japanese yen is easily the most traded of Asian currencies and viewed by many as a proxy for the underlying strength of Japan’s manufacturing and export-driven economy. As Japan’s economy goes, so goes the yen (in some respects). Forex traders also watch the yen to gauge the overall health of...
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The Euro

The euro has become the second most traded currency behind the U.S. dollar.2 The official currency of the majority of the nations within the eurozone, the euro was introduced to the world markets on Jan. 1, 1999, with banknotes and coinage entering circulation three years later.7 Along with being the official currency...
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The U.S. Dollar

The U.S. dollar, which is sometimes called the greenback, is first and foremost in the world of forex trading, as it is easily the most traded currency on the planet.2 The U.S. dollar can be found in a currency pair with all of the other major currencies and often acts as the...
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