The term “FOREX” stands for Foreign Exchange
FOREX (or FX as a short abbreviation) is a global currency exchange market where foreign currencies from all over the world are bought and sold for profit.
FOREX is the largest and most liquid market in the world
Forex is the largest and most liquid market in the world where trillions of dollars exchanges take place every day. That’s an enormous money flow. No stock market exchange in the world come close to these numbers.
Currencies in the Forex market are traded 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Market literally follows the sun around the world. Trading moves from major banking centers of the United States to Australia and New Zealand, then to the Far East, gets to Europe and finally returns back to the States.
Trading FOREX is all about exchanging currencies
Trading on Foreign exchange market simply means buying of one currency and selling another at the same time. In other words, the currency of one country is exchanged for currency of another country at the current exchange rates.
Foreign currencies are always traded in pairs - EUR/USD, GBP/USD, EUR/JPY etc. Around 70% of all transactions made with major currencies like U.S. dollar, Australian Dollar, British Pound, Swiss Franc and Japanese Yen.
Nowadays FOREX is available to small investors
While in the past Forex market was not available to small investors (individuals) due to large minimum transaction sizes, today Forex brokers are able to break those large sizes into a smaller unit lots and thus offer small investors an opportunity to buy or sell currencies side by side with regular core Forex market investors such as large banks, central banks, multinational corporations, hedge funds and other financial institutions.
Being incompetent in FOREX can be expensive
Forex market is huge and plunging into trading without knowing its rules, will be equal to swimming in the pool with ocean sharks. The dominant Forex players such as banks and hedge funds have a power to influence market moves and currencies exchange rates. For inexperienced traders investing own money in such game is as risky and uncertain as gambling. It could turn into a million fortune only in a couple of weeks or become a disaster for those who was ignorant in learning.
Forex brokers offer very big leverage to individual investors. A trader can trade at huge leverage as much as 300 to 1, meaning that for every dollar trader puts in for trading he can trade $300. For example, having an account equal to $1,000 trader can trade as much as $300,000.
It is a huge opportunity, but it also is very dangerous. No experienced trader will ever trade with such big leverage unless he has a really strong argument for a particular trade, and even after that it is an enormous risk.
Is trading FOREX profitable?
Trading in the Forex market is profitable, but only for 5% out of all beginner traders who start trading Forex. New traders need to learn the basics of trading well, and practice a lot on demo accounts before going real.
Like in every business, when trading money in Forex, trader gets paid depending on his knowledge and trading experience.
Watch a video: "What is the FOREX market?"
It tells in simple words what Forex market is, describes why people choose to trade Forex, and what are advantages and disadvantages of trading Forex.
How to Profit Trading Forex
Basic yet important things every trader should know.
If you hear from anyone that making money in Forex is easy, do not believe it. It is a myth. The truth is – being profitable in Forex requires a lot of work, dedication, practice, more than a good discipline, sharp knowledge of money management and understanding of the psychology of the currency market. Not so little and therefore not so easy...
Trading Forex was never about gambling
Trading is not a gambling by guessing where the price will move, although there are many traders (mostly beginners) that are exactly gambling... Trading currencies on the Forex market requires logical and analytical calculations based either on fundamental or technical analysis of price moves.
Making money in Forex requires a set of rules
Making money starts with a plan to make money. Such plan is of enormous importance when it comes to trading foreign currencies. But, besides creating a plan, a trader needs constantly follow it. How often trader brake his rules will affect how much money he will make trading Forex. Sounds simple: create and follow... However, there is a real challenge when trader follows the rules but rules fail to make money... it happens inevitably for every trading system known. If system had proven to be successful, sticking to the trading plan and firmly following the rules even when losing money will eventually yield profitable outcome. Having strong trading discipline and taking losses when necessary is a sign of serious trading approach.
Succeeding in Forex by using money management
To profit in Forex sticking to a set of rules is not enough. Good money management is also needed. Knowledge of how much to trade per each open position and where and when to stop – is what separates successful trader from bankrupt trader. Many beginner traders over-leverage themselves being attracted by big and promising leverages offered by Forex brokers. The truth is that a big leverage is not only about a big win, but also when it comes to be so – a big loss. Leverage higher than 1:20 will not attract serious investors.
Know your losses, before counting profits
Opening a new trading position must be first of all about how much money may be lost and then what would be the profits. Good money management implies that trader is expecting to win at least twice as much as he could lose on each trade. This way being right only 50% of the time will still make trading profitable.
Using good money management in Forex trading is hundred times more important than having any great trading system itself.
Forex traders' mind
And last but not least is trader’s psychology. Going in profit or losing money always create psychological challenge for trader to act responsively. Not being greedy and also cutting losses short is the key to this game.
Trading Forex you need to accept losses. They are inevitable and occur in any money involving operations. Therefore, instead of battling losses trader needs to accurately analyze unfavorable situations and take lessons from losing trades.
Every experienced trader would also suggest – there must be no attempts for revenge when losing money. Trying to return your money at any cost will put a trader in deeper troubles. Instead, the trader should return to trading rules and honestly analyze own mistakes, accept that the market was not in his favor and try to improve the trading plan for future success.
Successful traders are learners, what about you?
And finally, even successful traders are constant learners. Up-to-date knowledge about Forex market opportunities is what also makes them continuously profitable in their trading career.