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Basic Concepts I: Introduction
The Foreign Exchange (often abbreviated as Forex or FX) market is the largest market in the world with daily trading volume of over 1.9 $trillion in September 2004*. With its high liquidity, low transaction cost and low entry barrier, the 24-hour market has attracted investors around the world.
The following articles aim to introduce the key concepts in forex trading, the terminologies and the characteristics of the FX market.
The articles first introduced the concept 'spread', which is the most important transaction cost in forex trading, how the spread is presented in the price quotes, what is the significance of it and what is the trick behind it. As most of the retail customers choose to trade forex with margin account, the articles then introduced what is margin trading, what is the significance of margin, how to trade a margin account and how to choose the correct leverage ratio.
In trading online forex, there are many types of orders that you can make to facilitate your trades. The articles then explained the rationale behind each type of orders, when and how to use each of them.
Being one of the most actively trading markets, the forex market is yet, may not be the most well known market. The articles then gave a little historical background and explained the nature of the forex market, and made an overall comparison of various trading markets. It also discussed the pros and cons of trading forex market and what are the recent trends.
Like any other trading instruments, traders should understand the terminologies and the basis of the market before he/she starts real trading. The above articles serve as an essential beginners' guide to the world of forex trading.
*According to the Triennial Central Bank Survey of the foreign exchange market conducted by the Bank for International Settlements and published in Sept 2004
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Basic Concepts I: Introduction to the Dynamic Forex Market
So, the Forex (or FX) market is basically the big boss of financial markets globally. Think of it as the largest and most fluid money-moving playground, with a whopping daily trading volume of over 6.6 trillion bucks in 2023. It's where banks, financial institutions, corporations, and regular Joes like us swap currencies, making global trade and commerce smooth sailing.
What You Gotta Know
Spread: This is the gap between what you can buy and sell a currency pair for. It's the main cost you deal with in forex trading, usually measured in pips-the tiny steps a currency can take up or down.
Margin: It's the dough you need to front to open a position in the forex market. It's a piece of the total value of your position. High leverage means you control a big position with less cash upfront.
Leverage: This is like financial magic that lets you trade more money than you actually have in your pocket. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility-it can boost your wins and your losses.
Orders: These are your commands to your broker, telling them to buy or sell currency pairs. There are different types for different strategies, from instant action to setting up specific goals and limits.
Trading Psychology: Your head game in forex trading. Your decisions and overall mojo in trading are hugely influenced by your mental and emotional state.
Risk Management: It's all about keeping potential losses in check and protecting your cash. Techniques include stop-loss orders, sizing your positions right, and not putting all your eggs in one basket.
Account Management: Set clear goals, stick to a solid plan, and keep your trading habits disciplined for the long haul.
Since 2015, the forex market has grown like crazy, hitting over 6 trillion USD in daily trading in 2023. It's a sign of a booming global economy and more intertwined international trade.
The forex scene has seen some serious tech upgrades. We're talking about slick trading platforms, smart analytics tools, and robots doing some of the trading. It's made trading more efficient and accessible.
Thanks to the global nature of forex, you can play the field by capitalizing on price differences across different markets or brokers. But it's a game of precision and smarts.
The forex market is under the watchful eyes of bigwigs like the CFTC in the US and ESMA in Europe, keeping things fair and above board.
The forex market is a land of opportunity with global currency exchange and possibly rake in some profits. But, as always, knowledge is power. You've got to get the hang of market basics, be smart about risks, and adopt solid trading habits. Research, practice, and maybe some wise advice from pros can really up your game in this ever-changing market.
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