Definition – What does Trading Desk mean?
A trading desk is a division within a financial institution that is dedicated to buying and selling a particular type of investment. The forex trading desk at a financial institution is sometimes called a currency trading desk. The forex trading desk handles all the forex trades made by that institution.
ForexTerms explains Trading Desk
Most large banks or securities company will have a trading desk dedicated to currency trading. However, the term trading desk is a bit deceiving. If the institution runs a large forex trading portfolio, then there will actually be many desks and many traders working in that area. Trading desks look after the trades made by the institution. Desks that also execute trades by forex traders outside of the financial institution are called dealing desks rather than trading desks.