Definition of 'Eurodollar'
Eurodollars are created when a foreign bank borrows U.S. dollars from another bank. The foreign bank then lends these dollars to its customers, who use them to make purchases or investments. Eurodollars are not subject to U.S. banking regulations, so they can offer higher interest rates than U.S. dollar deposits.
The Eurodollar market is a large and growing market. In 2019, the total value of Eurodollars outstanding was estimated to be around $15 trillion. The Eurodollar market is important for the global financial system because it provides a safe and liquid investment for international investors. It also helps to facilitate international trade and investment.
The Eurodollar market is not without its risks. One risk is that the value of the U.S. dollar could decline, which would reduce the value of Eurodollars. Another risk is that the U.S. government could impose restrictions on the Eurodollar market, which would make it more difficult for investors to use Eurodollars.
Despite these risks, the Eurodollar market is an important part of the global financial system. It provides a safe and liquid investment for international investors and helps to facilitate international trade and investment.
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