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Dynamic Currency Conversion: Advantages & Disadvantages

Published on Friday, August 18, 2017


  • Dynamic currency conversion was created in the year 1996. 
  • Dynamic currency conversion is also known as a cardholder preferred currency. 
  • It is a financial facility which is provided by Visa or master card credit holders while making a payment in the foreign country. 
  • While exchanging the domestic currency with the foreign currency in the foreign country at the point of sale, one has to pay the cost of a transaction, it means one has to pay some charges charged by a foreign country. 
  • But the Dynamic currency conversion enables their client to see the amount their card will be charged, expressed in their domestic currency. 
  • This type of facility is not provided by the credit card company but by the third party operators by associating with the trader. 
  • The DCC facility can be availed at the point of sale by the trader or their card processor. 
  • A DCC operator must have to disclose the exchange rate which was used to convert the transaction at a time. 
  • A DCC Exchange rate must be based on the wholesale interbank rate, in which extra mark-up is added and this markup is also disclosed to the card holder. 
  • The credit card company also charge and additional fees for making a transaction in the foreign country, although the transaction made by his domestic currency through DCC. 
  • The trader gets an opportunity to earn an extra profit on the transaction with no exchange rate risk. 

How it works?

  • When a client requires paying for a transaction using the card, the payment device will recognize the base currency with the local currency. 
  • If it recognizes the difference, it will give an option to the card holder to which one to use. 
  • Then the payment device will show the exchange rate along with amount in that card. 
  • The card owner selects the option in which currency to process the transaction. 
  • If card owner choose to pay in his home currency, the transaction 
  • Converted to the card owner's currency by using an exchange rate which also includes the marginal profit for providing the service. 
  • The DCC provider guarantees that the trader's account will be debited in time. So, the exchange rate risk is taken by the DCC provider. 


  • The client is able to know the exact exchange rate that the credit card company applied.
  • The client is able to know the prices of foreign items in his domestic currency.
  • It is beneficial to both the parties like the buyer and seller because they don’t have to deal with changes in the exchange rate.


  • It is more unfavorable to the DCC when there is more fluctuation in the exchange rate due to some factors. 
  • Due to risk in the exchange rate to DCC, there is a chance that the DCC provider may charge somewhat more fees from the card holder. 
  • Sometimes a client is unaware of fees charged and it makes uncomfortable to a client to use the service. 
  • The marginal profit charged from client varies from DCC provider to DCC provider, so a client is not able to know the exact extra amount charged. 
  • Sometimes it happened that if the client chooses an option to pay in foreign currency, a customer has been charged less as compare to using DCC.

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