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.
Until recently the forex market has not been available to the
small speculator. The large minimum foreign currency transaction
sizes and financial requirements left this market in the hands of
banks, major foreign currency dealers and the occasional large fx
speculator. Now, with the ability to leverage large positions
with a relatively small amount of capital (margin), the forex
market is now more liquid than ever and available to most
Five major currencies dominate trading in the foreign exchange
markets: the U.S. Dollar, Eurocurrency, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc
and British Pound. The foreign currencies are traded in pairs,
also known as crosses, in the forex spot market. For example,
purchasing the EUR/USD in the forex spot market simply means the
purchaser is buying the Eurocurrency and selling the U.S. Dollar
in anticipation of the Eurocurrency gaining value in relation to
the U.S. Dollar. Similarly, the seller of a EUR/USD contract
would be selling the Eurocurrency against the U.S. Dollar.
Official figures show the U.S. Dollar is on one side of 83% of
all spot foreign exchange transactions. The "spot" market simply
refers to a currency contract with a prompt valuation date
requiring settlement within two business days.
Over the past several decades, an increase in international
trade and foreign investment has made the economies of the world
more interrelated. New opportunities for investors have also been
created with the fall of communism and the dramatic growth of the
Asian and Latin American economies. Today, supply and demand for
a particular currency is the driving factor in determining
exchange rates. Many factors such as regularly reported economic
figures and unexpected news reports, such as disasters or
political instabilities, could also alter the desirability of
holding a particular currency, thus influencing international
supply and demand for that currency. It should come as no
surprise that many shrewd investors have already taken advantage
of the fluctuation in exchange rates to profit handsomely.
John Nobile - Senior Account Executive
CFOS/FX - Online
Forex Spot and Option Brokerage
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Money Management, Part
There are some common mistakes I've seen traders make in
the area of money management. First, let's understand what
money management is all about.
Option Arbitrage in the
What is arbitrage? Arbitrage is the simultaneous buying and
selling of identical financial instruments taking advantage
of price discrepancies between different brokers,
exchanges, clearing firms, etc. and thus locking in a
Getting a Forex Trading
Many Americans are interested in getting involved in forex
trading. Before doing this, you should get a forex trading
I read on a bulletin board a traders comment that on his
first outing trading the E-Mini S&P 500 he lost on each
of his trades. He noted though, that had he had a wider
stop each of his trades would have been profitable and that
therefore he would be trading with a wider stop in future.
Forex Made Easy for
Forex made easy is as simple as you would want it to be.
The foreign exchange market is a worldwide market and
according to some estimates is almost as big as thirty
times the turnover of the US Equity markets.
Forex Trading Online - 7
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Forex trading online is a fast way to use your investment
capital to it's fullest. The Forex markets offer distinct
advantages to the small and large traders alike, making
Forex currency trading in many ways preferable to other
markets such as stocks, options or traditional futures.
Keen on starting FOREX trading? Why would you not be? Many
beginning FOREX traders are captivated by the allure of
easy money. FOREX websites offer 'risk-free' trading, 'high
returns' and 'low investment' - these claims have a grain
of truth in them, but the reality of FOREX is a bit more
Forex Training: Follow
Your Gut or Your Broker
Which way will the forex market move? Do you just follow
your gut feeling? Or do you have Neo's sixth sense that
would let you be one with the market and feel the
underlying currents. Trading forex is a non stop action
movie but a good one, where you really don't know who will
win at the end.
A Look at Forex Market
The investor in the currency market takes for granted that
a pair of currencies can be bought or sold at a moment's
notice. Once an order is placed with a broker, the trade is
executed within seconds.
How To Control Fear And
Greed In Trading
There is an old saying that the market is driven by fear
and greed. Anyone that has placed more than a couple of
trades will surely have experienced these two emotions.
Crisis of Confidence in
The European Union (EU) constitution was dealt a double
blow, first by a French "no" vote on 29-May and then by a
follow on "no" from the Netherlands on 01-Jun. To add
insult to injury, one low level Italian diplomat quickly
called for a referendum in Italy to decide if a return to
the lira was warranted.
A Short Introduction To
FOREX is the world's largest and most liquid trading
market. Many consider FOREX as the best home business you
can ever venture in.
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In recent years, investors have witnessed increased number
of investment opportunities and offerings. While the
complexity and success of these investment products vary,
technological innovation has made the Forex market one of
the fastest growth areas.
A Look at Online Forex
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.
Choosing A Forex
With currency trading becoming ever more popular, the
number of brokers is growing at a rapid rate. What should
one look at when deciding which broker to open an account
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It is possible to buy and sell money from different
countries on the foreign exchange market called Forex.
Forex currency traders can profit by taking advantage of
the dips and swells in the foreign currency market.
Foreign exchange market, or better known as FOREX, is the
world's largest and most prolific financial exchange market
originated on 1973. Bearing the status of largest and most
prolific currency exchange market, FOREX is the center
stage where a vast majority of the currency trading or
FOREX trading takes place, with a total daily turnover of
currency worth more than $1.
Where is the Market
If you ask me whether the market will have moved up or down
by this time next year, well I may as well flip a coin,
because I don't know. If you ask me whether the market will
have moved up or down by this time next month, well again,
I may as well flip a coin, because I still don't know.
Sending Signals for
Trading in Forex
Forex signals are sent by a forex firm to their subscribers
in order to buy and sell currencies. These signals are
called entry and exit signals for the forex dealers.
The foreign exchange currency market is the largest market
in the world because it trades up to $1.9 trillion daily.
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