While the euro and yen crosses are the most liquid crosses, more currency crosses exist that don’t even include the U.S. dollar, euro, or the yen!We’ll call these the “Obscure Currency Crosses”!

If we were in school – come to think of it, we actually are in school! – the major pairs would be the jocks while the obscure currency crosses would be the eccentric emo kids or hipsters.

Obscure Currency Crosses Are Like HipstersThat’s because most forex traders would rather hang out with the cool crowd than the obscure crosses!We’re talking about really weird combinations like AUD/CHFAUD/NZD, CAD/CHF, and GBP/CHF. That’s why we call them obscure crosses.

Trading in these pairs can be more difficult and riskier than trading euro or yen currency crosses.

Since very few forex traders trade them, transaction volume is much lower resulting in lower liquidity.Due to the illiquid markets for these crosses, their prices can become quite volatile, so being stopped out on whipsaws can become a common occurrence.Check out these screenshots of AUD/CHF and GBP/CHF:Many spikes on AUD/NZD currency crossYou don’t want to get stopped out by those nasty spikes, do you? That’s why most forex traders usually put wider stops when trading these pairs.But judging from the choppy movement of obscure crosses, it would really be tough to catch a good trade on these pairs.Obscure Currency Crosses Are Choppy!