currency swap



  • noun an agreement to use a certain currency for payments under a contract in exchange for another currency (the two companies involved can each buy one of the currencies at a more favourable rate than the other)
  • noun the buying or selling of a fixed amount of a foreign currency on the spot market, and the selling or buying of the same amount of the same currency on the forward market


  • A loan transaction arrangement between two parties in which the principal and interest components of a loan based in one currency are exchanged of the same components of a loan based in another currency in order to secure more favorable terms for each of the borrowers.  A currency swap could involve the exchange of any combination of the principal and interest components.