The Special Drawing Right (SDR) is an international reserve asset. Created by the IMF in 1969, SDRs are used to facilitate transactions and supplement IMF member country reserves. An SDR is a potential claim on the freely usable currencies of IMF members.
Layering is an illegal tactic used to manipulate markets as a means of driving the price of an asset up or down, which is followed by a trade in the opposite direction. Learn more about layering at FXCM Insights.
The Intercontinental Exchange is an industry leader in the provision of derivatives and over-the-counter products. Since launching in the late 1990s, ICE has become a global destination for the trade of energies, agricultural and debt-based instruments.
Front-running is an unethical and illegal trading practice in which a broker with advance knowledge of a specific market order in a currency or other financial security for a client earns a profit by placing an order for their own account in advance of the client's larger order. Front-running is akin to insider trading, in that the perpetrator has advance knowledge of the larger client order and buys ahead of…
Commonly referred to as the economic lifeblood of a nation, crude oil is a sought-after commodity and popular mode of trade. The global oil markets are premier destinations for traders and investors the world over. Featuring robust liquidity and consistent volatility, oil is an ideal product for individuals interested in capitalising on long- or short-term fluctuations in pricing. While determining crude oil's relative value may be complex, trading it on…
The petroyuan is a crude oil futures contract offered by the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE). It prices crude oil in terms of CNY and is backed by gold. Learn more about the petroyuan at FXCM.
The petrodollar is any U.S. dollar exchanged for oil. Since a 1974 agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, the petrodollar system has been the global standard for the crude oil trade. Accordingly, the U.S. dollar is the official denomination for commerce.
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