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Organizations

Bank of Canada (BoC)

Central Bank for Canada, whose actions directly weigh on the value of the Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Bank of England (BoE)

Central Bank for the UK, whose actions directly weigh on the value of the Pound Sterling (GBP).

Bank of Japan (BoJ)

Central Bank for Japan, whose actions directly influence the value of the Japanese Yen (JPY)

Bundesbank (BUBA)

Central bank of Germany and most influential member of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB).

CME Group

The world's largest futures exchange, which includes the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), and New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).

European Central Bank (ECB)

Central Bank of the European Monetary Union.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

US regulatory agency charged with regulating US banks. The FDIC provides insurance up to $100,000 per account.

Federal Funds Rate (FFR)

Interest rate at which private depository institutions (mostly banks) lend balances (federal funds) at the Federal Reserve to other depository institutions, usually overnight. The FFR is guided (but not determined outright) by the Federal Open Market Committee.

Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)

Committee made up of Federal Reserve members, which meets eight times a year to discuss/ implement monetary policy.

Federal Reserve Bank (Fed)

Central bank of Germany and most influential member of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB).

Federal Reserve Board

Senior members of the Federal Reserve, each of whom is appointed by the US President. The chairman of the Fed Reserve Board serves a 4-year term, while the other members serve 14-year terms.

Financial Services Authority (FSA)

Central Bank of the European Monetary Union.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International organization that oversees the global financial system by following the macroeconomic policies of its member countries, in particular those with an impact on exchange rates and the balance of payments

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

An international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations.

London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE)

Association composed of the three largest futures exchanges in the UK.

Monetary Policy Committee (MPC)

Bank of England subcommittee that meets every month to decide the official interest rate in the UK.

People’s Bank of China (PBOC)

The central bank for China, whose actions directly influences the value of the Chinese Renminbi (CNY).

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)

Central Bank for Australia, whose actions bear directly on the Australian Dollar.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ)

Central bank for New Zealand, whose action directly influence the value of the New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Society for World-wide Interbank Telecommunications (SWIFT)

Global electronic network for forex settlement, known for a code that uniquely identifies financial institutions for the purpose of transfers and settlement.

Swiss National Bank (SNB) 

Central Bank for Switzerland, whose action directly influences the value of the Swiss Franc (CHF). 

US Treasury

Department within the US government that is responsible for printing money and issuing government obligations.

World Bank 

International financial institution that provides leveraged loans to poorer countries for capital programs with a goal of reducing poverty.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

International organization designed by its founders to supervise and liberalize international trade.

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