Foreign Exchange

Barclays has helped corporate clients manage exposure to currency and interest rate movements for decades. From balance-sheet analysis to hedging solutions, we can help you assess and address foreign exchange (FX) and rates risks across your business.

Managing your foreign exchange risk

Whether you are an importer, exporter or large multinational, Barclays can help you to:

  • Protect against adverse currency market fluctuations
  • Manage your balance sheet FX exposure – and identify contingent or uncertain FX exposures
  • Know more about emerging market currencies
  • Develop a treasury policy for FX using our detailed market insight
  • Understand the FX risks that sit behind your M&A and disposal activities.

Managing your interest rate exposure

Alongside your FX risks, Barclays can assess your exposure to interest-rate fluctuations.

Our rates specialists can work with you to devise strategies to help to:

  • Protect against unexpected interest rate increases or volatility in your short-term borrowing
  • Manage your fixed and floating-rate liabilities
  • Lock in financing costs ahead of funding
  • Diversify away from floating-rate exposure.

Useful links

Current sterling interest rate
Historic sterling interest rate
Currency interest rates
External reference rates
Barclays Bank base rates

Access historic Barclays Bank base rates. The current Barclays Bank base rate is 0.10% as of 19/03/20.


BARX Corporate

The complete self-service FX trading solution for your business, delivering real-time trading in spot, forward and swap transactions in 60 currencies.



Manage all your multi-currency transactions with BARX NetFX automated FX risk management – giving you greater control over FX spreads, cashflows and costs.


FX Market Update

With the downshift in the global economy likely to provoke movement in FX markets, explore what we consider key themes affecting our recent FX forecasts.

Client Story


With ambitions to allow clients globally to transact in their preferred currency, the global online marketplace looked to Barclays’ BARX NetFX platform to manage its FX risks.

Client Story

University of Sussex

Barclays’ option dated forwards gave the University of Sussex the flexibility they needed to hedge their Euro currency risks effectively.

FX Daily Market Report

Keep up to date with movements in the currency markets by receiving our free FX Daily Market Report service. Register using the link below and we will send you a market commentary email every UK business day.

FX Powered by Barclays

Whether you’re travelling or trading, buying or selling – or even sending money overseas – you want currency exchange rates you can rely on. With the FX powered by Barclays app, you get up-to-the-minute mid-market rates1directly from us. The conversion calculator is quick and easy to use and handy charts let you check trends over the past day, week, month or year. What’s more, it’s free to download. You don’t need to bank with us, just visit the App Store or Google Play.

How it supports your business

  • Quick and easy currency converter with live rates directly from Barclays1
  • Choose from rates of over 90 different currencies, updated by the second
  • Monitor your favourite currency pairs in one place
  • Interactive charts show the highs, lows and movements of a currency pair from today to up to five years ago
  • Receive rate alerts for your chosen currency pair when the market reaches a rate specified by you.

Important information

Download FX powered by Barclays Terms of Use (PDF 139KB)†

1All rates contained within the app are not buy or sell rates, instead they are mid-market rates taken from the mid-point between the buy and sell currently available from our electronic FX trading platform BARX. We have chosen to show a mid-market rate as buy and sell rates include additional costs and margins which vary significantly and are set depending on the product, currency and value of transaction.

We collect information about your use of this app to help us improve its performance and your experience. By using the app, you agree to this and the terms of use set out within the app.


Economic Outlook

Get access to the latest economic outlooks for the UK from Barclays Corporate Banking.

Contact us

Get in touch

To discuss your business requirements and how Barclays can support you, contact us today.

Challenging times in FX markets

In an article written for the IACT, Bryan Conway, Head of FX Sales for Barclays Ireland, shares his thoughts.

Important information

The products referred to in this webpage are subject to separate terms and conditions.

Current and historic Bank of England Base Rates and effective dates are available at www.bankofengland.co.uk^.