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The foreign exchange market (forex, FX, or currency market) is a global decentralized market for the trading of currencies. In terms of volume of trading, it is by far the largest market in the world. The main participants in this market are the larger international banks. Financial centers around the world function as anchors of trading between a wide range of multiple types of buyers and sellers around the clock, with the exception of weekends. The foreign exchange market determines the relative values of different currencies. The foreign exchange market works through financial institutions, and it operates on several levels. Behind the scenes banks turn to a smaller number of financial firms known as “dealers,” who are actively involved in large quantities of foreign exchange trading. Most foreign exchange dealers are banks, so this behind-the-scenes market is sometimes called the “interbank market”, although a few insurance companies and other kinds of financial firms are involved. Trades between foreign exchange dealers can be very large, involving hundreds of millions of dollars. Because of the sovereignty issue when involving two currencies, Forex has little (if any) supervisory entity regulating its actions. The foreign exchange market assists international trade and investments by enabling currency conversion. The foreign exchange market is unique because of the following characteristics:
- its huge trading volume representing the largest asset class in the world leading to high liquidity;
- its geographical dispersion;
- its continuous operation: 24 hours a day except weekends, i.e., trading from 22:00 GMT on Sunday until 22:00 GMT Friday (New York);
- the low margins of relative profit compared with other markets of fixed income; and
- the use of leverage to enhance profit and loss margins and with respect to account size.
As such, it has been referred to as the market closest to the ideal of perfect competition. Some firms specializing on foreign exchange market had put the average daily turnover in excess of US$4 trillion. (Wikipedea.com)
Forex Market and Risk
The most important investment strategy for long term success in the Forex market is to determine how much risk you are comfortable handling. You don’t want to invest an amount of money that will keep you awake at night fearing a potential loss. In any type of investment, only use capital that you can afford to lose. Your personality and lifestyle play a big role on how much risk you are comfortable with.The Forex market is considered a high risk investment vehicle because of the volume of daily price movements and the leverage that is available in the Forex market. Investments with greater risk must promise higher expected yields to warrant taking on the additional risk. Of course, the higher risk not only means higher returns, it also means higher potential losses. However a high potential for return doesn’t always mean there is a high degree of risk. Learn and use proper money management skills to minimize your risk in the Forex market.Before investing in the Forex market, research and choose your Forex broker carefully. This research will minimize the risk of becoming involved with a broker that will be unable to pay a withdrawal request. This has happened in the past where the broker has filed for bankruptcy protection and their clients were unable to withdraw profits and initial capital until the bankruptcy was settled. Remember, choosing a stable broker is more than choosing the biggest.There is no right level of risk for everybody. Each of us has a different tolerance for risk. Only you can determine what level of risk is right for you. Investing in the Forex market should be viewed as a long term strategy because than the market can work for you over the long run.
The potential revenue from trading in the forex markets are almost endless. And several Forex companies offering high leverage allows the trader the possibility of trading tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars while capital may be a few hundred dollars in the balance. Even some companies may leverage up to submit them to 1:500. It is clear that the higher the leverage, the higher the chances of winning, but also with rising loss ratios.
Always remember, with great possible gains come with large possible loses. Study Forex trading and start out with small trades until you get good enough to invest larger amounts.
And on a final note, I have to mention the Forex scams that are everywhere on the internet. When I first started trading in 2006 my broker turned out to be a thief or scammer and was investigated by the US securities agency as well as the FBI. Needless to say, I lost a lot of money from this broker. So do your homework as I should have done.
It seems like a new company springs up every day that has the signal service to beat all signal services. They profess to be able to sell you information on which trades you should make. These signal sellers usually charge a daily/weekly/monthly fee for their service and usually do not offer anything that will help improve your trading. There is no such thing as having a magic key to the market and if there was, why would you sell it?
In the past few years, funds called HYIP(High Yield Investment Program) have popped up all over the place. Most of these(if not all) are scams. They promise you a high level of return for temporary use of your money in their forex fund. It is a type of Ponzi scheme where the investors of yesterday get paid back by the investors of tomorrow. Once the fund runs out of prospects, they usually close down and take whatever money they had with them.
There is no software that will figure out the forex market or you. However, a quick google search will turn up plenty of software sellers that say otherwise. Some companies out there are selling their special “packages” for upwards of $5,000 and many times it turns out to be something that you can find on the internet for free. It is generally not advisable to buy any type of forex software that will tell you which trades to make.
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