DEFINITION of 'Online Currency Exchange '

An online system for exchanging one country's currency for another. There is no central exchange in the forex market because it is a network of computers that connect banks, brokers and traders together. Online currency exchanges are essentially forex brokers that allow for delivery of the currencies traded.

BREAKING DOWN 'Online Currency Exchange '

Online forex currency exchanges will often provide the service of an online currency converter along with the option to actually convert the currencies for a nominal fee. This fee is similar to the spread quoted in pips.

A couple of advantages of exchanging currencies online include being able to do it from the comfort of your home or office, and/or being able to lock in a preferred exchange rate at the time you see it, rather than having to run to the brick-and-mortar currency exchange and risk missing the rate because of market movements.

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