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Currency Carry Trade: CNBC Explains

Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 12:00 PM ET

When there is a disparity in interest rates between countries, investors have an opportunity to employ a currency trading strategy called the carry trade. By borrowing in one currency and buying bonds in another, based on certain economic assumptions, an investor can execute a carry trade. But how does this strategy work and what type of environment is required? Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains in a simplified example.