The Forex market is the market where foreign currencies are traded. For instance you might buy the Great Brittan Pound when it is cheap against the US Dollar and sell when it is more expensive, thus making a profit. Trading in the Forex market can be very rewarding and very easy to get started in. It is also one of the largest markets in the world with estimated daily trading around $2 trillion. This is far more money then the stock, bond, and future markets combined.
Lets take a look at why you should get started trading in the Forex market.
Beginning is easy and painless - I remember when I was 19 years old and wanted to start investing. I walked into my local bank and asked the clerk what kinds of investments were available to me. I quickly found out that I didn't qualify for many of the investments that the bank offered. You either had to have several thousand dollars to invest, or you got such a low interest rate that it wasn't worth it. With Forex trading you can open an account for as little as $100. All your trading is done online, so it can be done from the comfort of your home, and most brokers allow you to open a free demo account. This lets you trade with "pretend" money until you learn how to trade effectively. This feature makes Forex trading even less risky then many other markets out there.
One simple word LEVERAGE! - Leverage simply means doing more with less. I will never forget walking out of the bank with my dreams shattered because I didn't have enough money to invest. With Forex trading many brokers allow you to trade up to 200-400 times the amount that you have in your account. That's right; you are using their money to trade. This can be done because they will set the trade up to where you can only loose the money that you have in the account. This means with as little as $100 you can trade up to $2,500 or if you have $5,000 you can trade up to $25,000! This is what I call doing more with less. This is also how many Forex traders are making several hundred dollars a day. How? If the dollar moves one penny against the Euro that is 1%; 1% of $25,000 is $250. do you see how in a moving market how $500, $600, and $700 can easily be profited?
Volatility - Now, I know what you are thinking. This is a word that signifies danger in an investment and we should stay far away from it. This mindset is not necessarily true. I can remember when I finally did have enough money to trade in the Stock Market and was so excited to be in my first trade. Do you know what happened? NOTHING! That's right I was stuck in a sideways market and the price didn't go up or down. So, is this a better investment then one that is volatile? Certainly not! If your trade in a volatile market is protected with a stop loss then I would much rather choose a volatile market then a slow or sideways market. If the trade isn't going to make any money, then stop out and move on to the next trade. Remember a non volatile market is a market that makes no money.
Trading Systems - There are people who have made a lot of money in Forex trading. They have written reports, and developed trading strategies to help you pick out what markets to invest in, when to buy and when to sell. We all agree that if you invest by the statistics and rule out every last emotion you will bring in profit many more times then loose. You'll be able to get a hold of several different systems online which are super helpful to the beginning trader.
Trade 24 hours a day - That's right, with the exception of a few hours on the weekend, you can trade all day long. This gives you the option to chose when you want to trade. Could you imagine being a day trader and just getting into a trade when your boss calls you into a meeting? This would not be a good way to start trading in a volatile market. With the Forex market you can trade whenever it is convenient for you. Maybe in the evening, or early mornings when you aren't distracted with work.
As you can see the Forex market is an interesting market to consider investing in. It can be very rewarding while not being very risky at the same time. Remember that the greatest cause of risk is not being properly educated in the investment that you are involved in. I would encourage anyone who is considering trading in the Forex market to read and learn as much as they can before they put their own money into it. And remember any investment that will cause you to loose sleep at night is not a good investment.
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