Cable

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Cable'

Slang used among forex traders referring to the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the British pound sterling. Because it is the norm in forex for most major currencies to be quoted against the U.S. dollar on a regular basis, "cable" is a commonly used term.

"Cable" can also be used to refer simply to the British pound sterling.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Cable'

For example, you may hear someone dealing with the forex market saying, "The cable is up today," or, "The cable has been trending lower lately."

The origins of this term are attributed to the fact that in the 1800s, the dollar/pound sterling exchange rate was transmitted via transatlantic cable. Forex brokers are sometimes referred to as "cable dealers".

RELATED TERMS
  1. Exchange Rate

    The price of a nation’s currency in terms of another currency. ...
  2. Currency

    A generally accepted form of money, including coins and paper ...
  3. Greenback

    A slang term for U.S. paper dollars. Greenbacks got their name ...
  4. Bank of England - BoE

    The Bank of England is the central bank for the United Kingdom. ...
  5. Currency Pair

    The quotation and pricing structure of the currencies traded ...
  6. Forex - FX

    The market in which currencies are traded. The forex market is ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Why is the British pound / U.S. dollar currency pair known as "trading the cable"?

    The British pound / U.S. dollar currency pair is one of the oldest and most widely-traded currency pairs in the world. The ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are the goals of covered interest arbitrage?

    The goals of covered interest arbitrage include enabling investors to trade volatile currency pairs without risk as well ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Where did the term 'pip' in currency exchange come from?

    The term pip is an acronym for percentage in point or price interest point. It measures a unit of change within a pair of ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How do changes in national interest rates affect a currency's value and exchange ...

    All other factors being equal, higher interest rates in a country increase the value of that country's currency relative ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is the difference between pips, points, and ticks?

    Point, tick and pip are terms used to describe price changes in the stock market and other markets. While traders and analysts ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How does inflation affect the exchange rate between two nations?

    The rate of inflation in a country can have a major impact on the value of its currency and the rates of foreign exchange ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Options & Futures

    A Primer On The Forex Market

    Moving from equities to currencies requires you to adjust how you interpret quotes, margin, spreads and rollovers.
  2. Forex Education

    Currency Exchange: Floating Rate Vs. Fixed Rate

    Baffled by exchange rates? Wonder why some currencies fluctuate while others are pegged? This article has the answers.
  3. Forex Education

    Commodity Prices And Currency Movements

    Find out which currencies are most affected by fluctuations in gold and oil prices, and improve your trading.
  4. Forex Education

    Top 7 Questions About Currency Trading Answered

    Whether you're puzzled by pips or curious about carry trades, your queries are answered here.
  5. Forex Education

    Make The Currency Cross Your Boss

    Tap into a world of possibilities by going beyond the simple pro- or anti-dollar trade.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: PowerShares DB US Dollar

    Discover how an ETF can be used to bet on multiple different currency futures contracts with the PowerShares DB Dollar Index Bullish Fund (UUP).
  7. Forex Fundamentals

    Understanding the Floating Exchange Rate

    Floating exchange rate is the exchange rate between two currencies at any given time.
  8. Investing Basics

    What Happens in a Rollover?

    In the retirement savings realm, rollover refers to transferring the holdings in one retirement account into another.
  9. Forex Education

    Trading Forex Options: Process And Strategy

    What are the processes to trade forex options on most liquid currency pairs, and what are some strategies for success?
  10. Forex

    Top Exchange Rates Pegged To The U.S. Dollar

    From the end of World War II until around 1971, all countries in the IMF pegged their currencies to the U.S. dollar. Today, many still do.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  2. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  3. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  4. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
  5. Killer Bees

    An individual or firm that helps a company fend off a takeover attempt. A killer bee uses defensive strategies to keep an ...
  6. Sin Tax

    A state-sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!