Major Pairs

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Major Pairs'

The four forex pairs which are considered to be the most heavily traded in the forex market. The four major pairs are: EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD, USD/CHF.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Major Pairs'

These currency pairs are considered by many to drive the global forex market and are the most heavily traded. Although it is widely regarded that the major pairs consist of only four pairs, some believe that the USD/CAD and USD/AUD pairs should also be regarded as majors. However, these two pairs can be found in the group of pairs known as the "commodity pairs".

RELATED TERMS
  1. Reciprocal Currency

    In the foreign exchange market, a currency pair that involves ...
  2. International Organization For ...

    The world's largest developer and published of international ...
  3. Commodity Pairs

    The three forex pairs which include currencies from countries ...
  4. Cross Currency

    A pair of currencies traded in forex that does not include the ...
  5. Quote Currency

    The second currency quoted in a currency pair in forex. In a ...
  6. Base Currency

    The first currency quoted in a currency pair on forex. It is ...
Related Articles
  1. Forex Education

    The Fundamentals Of Forex Fundamentals

    Charting is not the only way to analyze the foreign-exchange market. Learn how to apply fundamental analysis to the economic indicators.
  2. 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.
  3. Forex Education

    Forex: Wading Into The Currency Market

    We go over the ground rules and available resources needed for this undertaking.
  4. Options & Futures

    Getting Started In Forex

    Before entering this market, you should define what you need from your broker and from your strategy.
  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. Economics

    Analysing Risks On The Upcoming UK General Elections

    Rising UK political risk keeps investors funds on the sideline.
  7. Trading Strategies

    Top Day Trading Instruments

    Day trading is an intense and often appealing activity. Investopedia provides the list of top financial instruments for day trading.
  8. Chart Advisor

    Why You Must Watch These Currency ETF Trade Levels

    Major currencies have been pushed lower on U.S. dollar strength. Here are trade setups for if the trend continues, or reverses.
  9. Forex Education

    Trading Forex With Binary Options

    Binary options are an alternative way, with a major advantage, for traders to play the forex market.
  10. Investing

    How To Take Advantage Of A Stronger U.S. Dollar?

    If you are invested in the market, you will feel the effects of a stronger dollar, especially if overseas interests are part of your diversified portfolio

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Risk Averse

    A description of an investor who, when faced with two investments with a similar expected return (but different risks), will ...
  2. Fixed-Charge Coverage Ratio

    A ratio that indicates a firm's ability to satisfy fixed financing expenses, such as interest and leases. It is calculated ...
  3. Efficiency Ratio

    Ratios that are typically used to analyze how well a company uses its assets and liabilities internally. Efficiency Ratios ...
  4. Fixed Cost

    A cost that does not change with an increase or decrease in the amount of goods or services produced. Fixed costs are expenses ...
  5. Subsidy

    A benefit given by the government to groups or individuals usually in the form of a cash payment or tax reduction. The subsidy ...
  6. Sunk Cost

    A cost that has already been incurred and thus cannot be recovered. A sunk cost differs from other, future costs that a business ...
Trading Center