The story was once told by a proud father of his young boy who previously had no business sense or acumen what so ever. It seems that this young lad had parlayed a meager sum of his money and cash into a rather large sum of funds simply by changing his wealth on a regular basis from one currency to another. As the young fellow instructed his father. Anyone can do it. You simply read the newspaper for current currency rates. It does not cost anything. Then I went to the bank and purchased traveler's checks , which to his good fortune his bank included in his service fee package. If the paper told me that dollars went up , I cashed in my US dollar denominated Amex travelers checks. If British pound sterling was low , I would use those funds to buy units in that currency. Add in Japanese Yen and E.U. European money into the mix , and all in all you have a simple explanation of forex , foreign currency trading. Interestingly the young man was able to place down a substantial down payment for a substantial new home in Coquitlam Canada.
What is the simple basis of forex currency trading. Its that currencies reflect the health of the economies of their respective countries or regions. If a country is stable economically as well as politically and yet it currency seems to be undervalued in terms of comparison to other major indexes of both the countries it trades its products or services with , or if overall that countries issued standards of conversions seems way out of whack - either too high or too low - then it may well be the time and opportunity of the active financial currency trader to either be in ( that is to acquire) or redeem or even relinquish his or her's monetary holdings in that fund.
It used to be that forex - the trading of foreign currencies was a highly specialized series of financial products only available to major corporations and governments. If a retail customer was "lucky" enough to get involved via a syndicate setup at their stock brokerage of choice - that was their good or bad fortune. The national banks of many large or even unsubstantial countries are also involved in these commodities , either as fiscal policy to shore up or regulate varying national and international currency levels and values. Major firms would also "hedge" their bets by purchasing different brands and forms of financial valuations and instruments in an effort to remove risks and variations in their export product pricing levels.
Currency markets are heavily influenced by news happenings. A change of political fortune or an election can change the value of a currency. A storm or natural disaster can do the same. Forex trading has the potential for large gains, but conversely there is the risk of large losses. If you enter the forex speculation Market you need to be clear what your risk profile is.
There are ways to protect you in such a volatile market such as stop loss trading. This is where you set a lower limit below which you do not want to pass and if the currency pair drops below this your trade will be made, there by protecting you from any further drop in the currency value.
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