agio-

(Greek > Italian: change; a fee charged by money brokers [changers] for exchanging money)

agio (s) (noun), agios (pl)
1. An amount charged as a premium or percentage for changing one country's currency into that of another.
2. An allowance or discount given when paying in a foreign currency to compensate for the costs of exchanging the currency.
agiotage (s) (noun), agiotages (pl)
1. The business of dealing in the foreign exchange of currencies: After he graduated from his university, Peter was determined to have a career in agiotages.
2. The speculative transactions of stock exchange securities: Agiotage involves the various maneuvers done by financial speculators to raise or to lower the prices of stocks or public funds.
The manipulation of stocks, etc.
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