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Cable is the spot GBP versus US dollar price.

In the not too distant past the prices quoted were obtained off the one and only transatlantic telephone/telegraph link (landed in Cornwall). Hence 'Get a price off the cable for GBP/USD' became abbreviated to 'cable'. The dealer would call out 'cable' and the telegraph operator would know what was meant.


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Trader jargon referring to the Sterling/US Dollar exchange rate. So called because the rate was originally transmitted via a transatlantic cable beginning in the mid 1800's.

Hope this helps.


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Well you live and learn....

Always wondered about that myself.


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Thanks for the fast replies guys

(although I really think you all should have something better to do on a Saturday afternoon LOL)
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