currency swap


An arrangement in which two parties exchange specific amounts of different currencies initially, and a series of interest payments on the initial cash flows are exchanged. Often, one party will pay a fixed interest rate, while another will pay a floating exchange rate (though there may also be fixed-fixed and floating-floating arrangements). At the maturity of the swap, the principal amounts are exchanged back. Unlike an interest rate swap, the principal and interest are both exchanged in full in a currency swap.

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You should always shop around and make sure you are getting a good rate before you do any currency swap.

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The currency swap was going good and I was glad that our company was in action and making things happen.

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Jack and Jim have aggreed to do a currency swap when Jack gets back from Europe because Jim is going to England in the fall and he figures it will save him some time.

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