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transaction cost analysis (tca)

Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA) is the study of trade prices to determine whether past trades were arranged at favourable prices—low prices for purchases and high prices for sales. At the heart of TCA is the difference between the cost of the transaction at the time the manager decided to execute it and the actual cost, including all operating charges—spreads, commissions and fees. The resulting differential is called “slippage”.

Currency Management Automation solutions aim at both minimising trading costs —by providing connectivity to best-price execution platforms— and providing the necessary data to conduct Transaction Cost Analysis.