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What Is Forex & How To Invest In It

Foreign Currency Trading

Until recently, the Forex market, or foreign currency exchange market, wasn’t for the average trader or individual speculator. With the large minimum transaction sizes and often strict financial requirements, banks, hedge funds, major currency dealers and the occasional high net-worth individual speculator were the principal participants. These large traders were able to take advantage of the many benefits offered by the Forex market versus other markets, including the fantastic liquidity and strong trending nature of the world’s primary currency exchange rates.

Fortunately, thanks to new legislation written in the late 1990’s, Forex brokerages have opened up to the general public and offer trading opportunities for anyone who has an interest in trading currencies for profit. In fact, many brokers allow traders to open and trade currency with as little as $250 – $500 dollars.

Regrettably, all of these new currency trading opportunities have created a lot of hype around the Forex. Some of this hype includes magic trading formulas, “easy” indicators and expert trend predictors. There are now countless currency brokerages enticing potential traders to open accounts and start trading.

There are thousands of websites with information, terminology, trading strategies and more. We recommend researching several of them as you begin to explore the basics of what the Forex is. Brokers often will offer information about the Forex but realize that they are also trying to get you to open an account. Aside from brokerage sites, there are several informational sites and several Forex education companies out there that offer good information without the pressure of signing up for a “live” trading account.

Second, read a book/books about Forex trading. Most of the professional Forex traders operate using a combination of Japanese candlestick charts and other complex indicators to determine the direction of a particular currency pair. Find books about technical analysis trading, candlestick charts and other methodological indicators. Remember that when you are buying currency it is like buying a stock in a nation or country. Learn about different countries economic announcements, interest reports, and job indicators. These are highly relevant factors that can help indicate a currencies direction.

There are many Forex training courses on the market today. They come in many forms including seminars, home study courses, interactive online courses, and class room education. Finally, working with a highly skilled Forex mentor, someone with real experience in the Forex markets, can also be very helpful in helping you learn how to trade successfully.

Most successful traders have spent years developing good trading habits and learning the hard way how to take advantage of currency volatility. We strongly recommend you follow these steps as you begin to investigate investment opportunities in the Forex market.

It is a little-known fact that the foreign exchange market, trading over 5 trillion dollars daily, is the largest and most liquid market in the world. Until recently, small, risk-oriented investors were unable to tap into this market because of the size of transactions and stiff financial requirements for entry. That has all changed. Entry requires only a minimal amount of capital, opening the Forex to almost all investors.

Can you as a smaller investor make quick money trading on the Forex? The answer is yes, but as with all investments, trading foreign currencies on the Forex market, does have its risks.

One of the perceptions among smaller speculators is that the Forex offers an easy way to make money quickly. While that can be true, there are a number of precautions that should be taken before committing to any sizable trade. Forex education is absolutely vital before you jump in feet first.

Even before beginning to develop knowledge of how to trade and what trading strategy/strategies to adopt, understanding the basics of the Forex market is crucial. Unlike other markets, like the stock exchanges, etc., the foreign currency exchange market does not have a central, physical location for conducting trades. Trading is carried on directly between banks, foreign currency dealers and foreign investors using computer terminals, telephones and broker desks. Thus, foreign exchange trading is OTC (over the counter).

Fortunately, speculators entering this market can take advantage of the many free tutorials available on the internet.  Beyond anything else, if you are a beginner, it is absolutely critical that you refrain from serious trading until you have gained sufficient confidence by paper trading with a demo account first. Making that first trade can be an intimidating proposition if you are a first-timer. Forex brokerages have recognized this, and most have created methods where the novice trader can gain some hands-on experience without risking real money. With a demo account, a new investor can practice making trades for a period of time before putting real money at risk.

One of the characteristics of currency trading is that profits can be realized in a matter of minutes, even seconds, unlike what you may have seen investing in stocks. This is attributable to the rapid and random variations taking place in the foreign exchange market.

Yes, it is possible to make enormous sums of money very quickly trading in the Forex market, but it is also possible to lose money. Before taking a risk using real money, make sure that you have a good understanding of how the Forex market works, you have practiced trading using a demo account first, you are using risk capital, meaning money that you can afford to lose, and lastly, use a trading/investment strategy that best fits you and your risk comfort level.

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Risk disclosure: *All investments involve risk. Before making any financial or investment decisions, we highly advise that you seek the advice of a properly licensed and trained investment professional.

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