Thursday, January 7, 2016

What is Forex and How to Get Started?

Benefit from Forex

There are various trading platforms which an investor can employ in order to try and maximise profit when they deal in investments. One of these is forex/FX. Forex refers to the foreign exchange market and is by sheer volume the largest market for trading in the world, with the big international banks as the main traders. 

Private individuals as well as companies are also assisted by non-bank forex entities. Essentially, Forex is about trading currencies whereby one currency is bought and another sold, simultaneously. 

Speculation is often at the heart of forex deals, meaning that the buyers/sellers often have no intention of taking delivery of the currency they are trading in; the whole idea is to speculate with the currency and to try and make it worth their while that way.

Getting Started

When you want to start using forex as an investment tool forex as an investment tool, there are certain ways to go about the process – free webinars or you can attend seminars, which will be of great benefit. Often big companies will lead you through the process by showing you the ropes by way of a risk-free practise account. 

 The internet is also a very helpful tool to get you started and of course, well-known names in the world of investment markets will give great information. Some advice: Remember that past successes never guarantee success/profit in the future. Forex, like all monetary vehicles, depends on current conditions in the market, and should be viewed as such.

Trustworthy Brokers

To help you to get going, it is a good idea to choose a trustworthy broker such as CMC Markets that will offer you lower ‘spreads’ (i.e. the difference between buying and selling currency), someone who is registered with a reliable body that oversees his/her/their activities according to internationally accepted procedures and support as far as news and data are concerned.

Know the Terminology

Before you start trading, make sure you understand some basic terms such as ‘Ask Price’ (the price at which you can buy a currency) and ‘Bid Price’ (the price at which you can sell the currency) and ‘currency rates’ (the rate at which one currency trades against another, e.g. the rate at which the British Pound trades against the US Dollar).

These are available online, and with the help (if necessary) of a reliable broker, you should be able to get a good grasp of the terminology and processes before you commit. 

Once you begin, you will be able to follow which economies are strong and which are not; you will want to get rid of those currencies which are perceived to be weak and, vice versa, you will want to acquire the currencies of those stronger economies. On a daily basis follow the trends and ask for advice from the specialists when necessary.


As you are starting out, remember the following: Do not gamble, i.e. do not commit to trade more than you are willing to sacrifice. Make sure you have a reputable broker and search the internet for basic terms and their meaning before you start trading. Once you have a basic grasp of the process, start slowly until you feel comfortable to trade more aggressively.

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