- (rare) The business of currency exchange.
1842, Nathaniel Whittock, The Complete Book of Trades:
- He will there find observations on trading correspondence, and the art of letter writing, on the authors who have written pro forma invoices, bills, &c.; those on law, on cambism, and the operations in exchanges.
1925, A.S. Baxendale, Currency : an indictment, page 141:
- ... to misconception of the involutions of cambism, underlying the assumptions of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as expressed in his speech on the Gold Standard Bill on May 4, 1925.
1978, Michael Beenstock, The foreign exchanges: theory, modelling, and policy, page 24:
- A more hybrid approach, e.g. Spraos , is that Cambism may on the whole be realistic when speculation is not rife.
1999, Tom De Herdt & Stefaan Marysse, “The Reinvention of the market from below: the end of the women's money changing monopoly in Kinshasa”, in Review of African Political Economy, volume 26, number 80:
- Even if a cambiste is already considered much more than an ordinary river merchant, the work remains incompatible with 'tradition', which expects respectable women to withdraw from public life (La Fontaine, 1974:956). Note the double morality surrounding cambism...