The Foreign Exchange market, also referred to as the "FOREX" or
"FX" market is the largest financial market in the world, with a
daily average turnover of US$1.9 trillion - thirty times larger
than the combined volume of all the United States equity
markets. The FOREX website defines Foreign exchange as "the
simultaneous buying of one currency and selling of another.
Currencies are traded in pairs, for example Euro/US Dollar
(EUR/USD) or US Dollar/Japanese Yen (USD/JPY)".
The FOREX market was launched in the 1970s, when free exchange
rates were introduced. Only the participants of the market
determine the price currencies against one another. This depends
on proceedings from supply and demand. Influence by a single
participant in the market is practically out of the question.
This is because FOREX is more of an objective market. If some of
its participants would like to change prices for some
manipulative purpose, they would have to operate with tens of
FOREX is part of the bank-to-bank currency market known as the
24-hour Interbank market. The Interbank market literally follows
the sun around the world, moving from major banking centers of
the United States to Australia, New Zealand to the Far East, to
Europe then back to the United States.
Speculations on the FOREX exchange market give the biggest
profit of all legal types of transactions. Everyday fluctuations
of currencies allow FOREX traders an opportunity to make money
on these changes. It is the world's biggest liquid financial
market. Transactions are conducted all over the world via
telecommunications 24 hours a day from 00:00 GMT on Monday to
10:00 pm GMT on Friday. In every time zone across the world
there are dealers who will quote currencies. The major
currencies traded in FOREX, are
Euro (EUR), Japanese Yen (JPY),
British Pound (GBP), and Swiss Franc (CHF). All of them are
traded against the US dollar (USD).
There are many advantages to trading in the FOREX market. These
include: * The biggest number of participants and the largest
volumes of transactions * Superior liquidity and speed of the
market: transactions are conducted within a few seconds
according to online quotes * The market works twenty four hours
a day, five working days a week * A trader can open or close an
account for any amount of time he wants * No restrictions as
accounts with very low account balances. * There are no fees.
The only payment is the difference between buying and selling
prices. * Opportunities exist to achieve a larger profit from an
investment * It is possible to turn FOREX trading into a
professional and qualified activity. * It is possible to make
deals any time at the convenience of ones home * It is not
obligatory to buy some currency first in order to sell it later.
* It is possible to open positions for buying and selling any
currency without actually having it, usually involving
established Internet brokers. * The superior liquidity allows
the traders to open and/or close positions within a few seconds.
* The time of keeping a position is arbitrary and has no limits
- from several seconds to many years * FOREX speculative
interests can be satisfied without a real money supply, which in
turn decreases overhead costs for money transfers. * It gives an
opportunity to open positions with a small account in US
dollars, buying and selling a lot of other currencies. * Most
transactions must continue, since currency exchange is a
required mechanism needed to facilitate world commerce.
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Risk Disclosure: Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. The high degree of leverage can work against you as well as for you. Before deciding to invest / trade in foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and therefore you should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. You should be aware of all the risks associated with foreign exchange trading.
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