The Seven Most Traded Currencies in FOREX.
Currencies are traded in dollar amounts called "lots". Onelot is equal to $1,000, which controls $100,000 in currency.This is what is known as the "margin". You can control $100,000worth of currency for only 1,000 dollars. This is what is called "High Leverage".
Currencies are always traded in pairs in the FOREX. Thepairs have a unique notation that expresses what currenciesare being traded. The symbol for a currency pair will alwaysbe in the form ABC/DEF. ABC/DEF is not a real currency pair,it is an example of a symbol for a currency pair. In thisexample ABC is the symbol for one countries currency and DEFis the symbol for another countries currency.
Here are some of the common symbols used in the Forex:
USD - The US Dollar
There are symbols for other currencies as well, but theseare the most commonly traded ones.
A currency can never be traded by itself. So you can notever trade a EUR by itself. You always need to compare onecurrency with another currency to make a trade possible.
Some of the common PAIRS are:
EUR/USD Euro / US Dollar
USD/JPY US Dollar / Japanese Yen
GBP/USD British Pound / US Dollar
USD/CAD US Dollar / Canadian Dollar
AUD/USD Australian Dollar/US Dollar
USD/CHF US Dollar / Swiss Franc
EUR/JPY Euro / Japanese Yen
The listed currency pairs above look like a fraction. Thenumerator (top of the fraction or "left" of the / howeveryou want to SEE it) is called the base currency. Thedenominator (bottom of the fraction or "right" of the/however you want to SEE it) is called the counter currency.When you place an order to buy the EUR/USD, for instance,you are actually buying the EUR and selling the USD. If youwere to sell the pair, you would be selling the EUR andbuying the USD. So if you buy or sell a currency PAIR, youare buying/selling the base currency. You are always doingthe opposite of what you did with to base currency with thecounter currency.
If this seems confusing then you're in luck. You can alwaysget by with just thinking of the entire pair as one item.Then you are just buying or selling that one item. Thinkinglike this will still enable you to place trades. You onlyneed to be aware of the base/counter concept for FundamentalAnalysis issues.
So why is it important to know about the base/countercurrency? The base/counter currency concept illustrateswhat is actually taking place in a Forex transaction. Someof you reading this, know that short-selling was restrictedin the stock market *(Short-selling is where you sell astock/currency/option/commodity first and then try to buy itback at a lower price later). But in the FOREX you arealways buying one currency (base) and selling another(counter). If you sell the pair you are simply flippingwhich one you buy and which one you sell. The transaction isessentially the same. This allows you to short-sell with norestrictions.
You want to be able to short-sell with no restrictions soyou can make money when the market drops as well as when itrises. The problem with traditional stock market trading isthat the market has to go up for you to make money. WithFOREX trading you can make money in all directions.
Omar Vargas; FOREX Trader and Freelance writer.
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An online forex broker is a firm that facilitates retail trading using Internet technologies. Global Forex Trading (GFT), one of the popular online forex brokers. It provides retail traders with a free demo trading account, allows users to open a live account, gives live help, provides software called DealBook FX 2, and allows viewing of account documents. (DealBook FX 2 can be downloaded for the demo trading account).
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Online Forex Trading
Foreign exchange currency trading is also known as Forex trading, or FX, and has no single physical marketplace like the New York Stock Exchange does on Wall Street in New York or the Tokyo Stock Exchange does in Japan. The New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange online traders are limited to making purchases during the actual trading hours governed by New York Stock Exchange hours or the Japanese Stock Exchange's Tokyo hours. In contrast online Forex trading gives traders access to the online Forex trading community through an electronic series of different online trading platforms. Online Forex trading and online accessibility are nicely compatible because the world's foreign currency exchange market is a 24-hour market, and the internet makes online forex trading a 24 hour possibility open to anyone with a computer, a telephone line and money. Anyone, any corporation or any bank can log onto an online account at any time, and trade foreign currency through online forex trading.
Forex Broker Involvement Optional
To trade on the forex market, the largest financial market on the planet, one must use a forex broker. Not unlike a stock broker, a forex broker can also makes suggestions about which moves to make when exchanging foreign currency. Some forex brokers even supply technical analysis to some of their clients and offer tips on research to improve their success as forex traders.
Welcome to the World of Currency Trading
Indeed large multinational and individual banks and other major financial institutions have dominated FX trading (also known as Forex trading), but there is a paradigm change in the nature and type of investing. According to one estimate, in the new millennium, there are over 6 million online investment accounts, up from 1.5 million in 1997. As a result, start-up firms now compete directly with financial institutions to serve investors in the new technologically driven economy, and the clear winner is the customer. The competition between the brick and mortar institutions and the Internet-based companies has dramatically lowered the costs of investing, and empowered the individual investor to take control of their own investment strategy in Forex trading.
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Since the US dollar is the centerpiece of the market,it is normally considered the 'base' currency for quotes. In the "Majors", this includes USD/JPY, USD/CHF and USD/CAD. For these currencies and many others, quotes are expressed as a unit of $1 USD per the second currency quoted in the pair. For example, a quote of USD/JPY 123.50 means that one U.S. dollar is equal to 123.50 Japanese yen.
Forex Market Overview
"FX" is an abbreviation of "forex" or "foreign exchange." Foreign exchange is the largest and most liquid market in the world trading approximately $2 trillion every day (that's over 30 times the daily volume of NASDAQ and NYSE combined). The forex market is a cash interbank/interdealer market. In simplest terms, this means the foreign currencies traded in the forex market are traded directly between banks, foreign currency dealers and forex investors wishing either to diversify, speculate or to hedge foreign currency risk. The forex market is not a "market" in the traditional sense due to the fact that there is no centralized location for fx trading activity and, therefore, trades placed in the forex market are considered over-the-counter (OTC). Forex trading between parties occurs through computer terminals, exchanges and over telephones at thousands of locations worldwide. CFOS/FX clients can trade through online forex trading platforms and/or over the telephone directly with a forex broker on our trading desk.
What is Forex Trading?
Forex, or Foreign Exchange, is the simultaneous exchange of one country's currency for that of another.
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FOREX is the world's largest and most liquid trading market. Many consider FOREX as the best home business you can ever venture in. Even though regular people have had the opportunity to take part in trading foreign currencies for profit (in the same way banks and large corporations do) since 1998, it is just now becoming the cool, hip, new "thing" to talk about at parties, business events, and other social gatherings.
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A broker is any person or firm that charges a fee in exchange for executing trades for a trader. A Forex broker does not charge a commission for placing a buy or a sell order the way a real estate broker would charge a percentage fee of the total price of a sale. A Forex broker is paid according to the spread ? or the difference between the trader's bid for a currency, and the seller's asking price for that currency. Usually this spread is less than 0.1% or ten pips. (Pips are the smallest movement a currency can make on the Forex. Pips are commonly called referred to as points.) The lower the spread, the less a trader pays a Forex broker for a trade.
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For the first time in several years the U.S. dollar has managed to gain value against the world's other major currencies. During the first three months of 2005, the U.S. dollar is up approximately five percent against both the yen and the euro. The gains for the dollar should be considered significant when considering the United States still faces a growing trade imbalance. So far this year, currency traders have shifted their focus from the United States' large trade and current account shortfalls toward the higher rates of returns being offered on U.S. debt. The recent strength shown in the dollar has somewhat shifted sentiment within the financial markets about the future direction of the currency. A Bloomberg survey released earlier this week shows that the major currency traders expect to see dollar weakness resume later in the year, but the sentiment among dollar bears is much weaker than it was at the start of the year.
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The business world is a complex web of supply and demand. Money and goods, physical or otherwise, pass through the global market every single day. To meet this exchange between one country and another, foreign exchange, or forex, was born. The term forex is used to refer to transactions involving the conversion of money of one country into that of another or to the international transfer of money and credit instruments.
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The Foreign Exchange Market ? better known as FOREX - is a world wide market for buying and selling currencies. It handles a huge volume of transactions 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. Daily exchanges are worth approximately $1.5 trillion (US dollars). In comparison, the United States Treasury Bond market averages $300 billion a day and American stock markets exchange about $100 billion a day.
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