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Nostro Account


The term “nostro account” describes the situation in which a bank holds a foreign currency account in another bank. Nostro descends from the latin word for “ours” and is used to name a situation in which to bank institutions are sharing an account.

The opposite is “vostro account”, describing how a bank refers to the accounts that other banks have on its books in its home currency.

So whether it is vostro or nostro depends on the perspective, one´s nostro account is the other one´s vostro account.


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