As you enter the world of Forex you will find yourself learning
and using many new concepts that you may not have used or heard
Three of this important concepts that you must understand are
what "Pips" are, What "Volume" is and what you do when "Buying"
and "Selling Short". They may look more like four concepts but
Buying and Selling are like the two faces on the same coin so we
can consider them as a single concept.
Lets first introduce what Pips are. Maybe you have heard or read
already how many pips a day you can make using some trading
system. In short, currency pairs prices will go out to 4
significant digits. For example; if one currency pair is trading
for 1.3451 then an increase to 1.3452 would be a "one-pip"
increase in the price of this particular currency. This is an
increase of one hundredth of a percent of the value of the
currency pair you are trading. And depending the type of account
you have, regular or mini, each pip will have a value of $10 or
$1. So if you make 10 pips a day with a regular account you
would have made $100 and with a mini-account $10.
Now we can talk about the Volume; trading Volume is a quantity
that tells traders how much money is being traded at one
particular moment. And the forex market is known by its high
volume of trading during most of the time markets are open. Some
times there can be spikes in the volume during some type of
breaks and during the time New York stock exchange is open. The
volume of transactions in Forex, even in a slow day, will always
be much higher than the volume traded in other large exchanges
at their full capacity.
Now maybe the most obvious of the concepts. Buying refers to the
acquisition of a particular currency pair to open a trade.
Selling short refers to the selling of a particular currency to
open a trade. When you Buy, you are expecting the price of the
currency pair to increase with time, i.e., you buy cheap to sell
high. In the case of Selling short, it looks a bit more
complicated. Here the way to make money is to initially sell a
currency pair that you think will lose value in a given period
of time and then, once it happened, you will buy it back at the
new price but now you can sell it at the previous greater price
the currency had when you opened the trade, so you earn the
difference in prices. I know it seems kind of tricky, but once
you are in front of your trading station it will look much
Understand well these three concepts and you will start with
solid steps you trading career.
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