You’ve probably heard them a million times; “PIPs” and “LOTs” may be little but in the trading world they’re a BIG thing. You won’t understand trading until you understand them.
What the pip!？
PIP stands for “percentage in point” and is the smallest possible increment in a quote.
Example: GBP/USD has a rate of 1.5696 a PIP here would be 0.0001.
USD/JPY has a rate of 123.45 a PIP here would be 0.01.
So a PIP is essentially the last decimal place of quotation, most currency pairs will have a PIP being equal to 0.0001 as they are usually quoted to 4 decimal places. This isn’t always the case however, as we can see from the example above.