Forex Trading – The Basics
Forex trading isn’t a hard endeavor to grasp once you get the hang of how it works. Like any other undertaking you decide to do, there are some basic terms you need to understand with Forex trading.
As with any subject, the more you study and the more you learn about Forex trading, the more beneficial that knowledge will be to you in the long run. There are places online where you can learn just enough about Forex trading to go ahead and open a demo account and get started right away learning as you go.
However most (if not all) of the traders experienced in Forex trading will tell you that’s not a good idea at all. Walking blindly into something you know nothing about can backfire and hit you directly in the wallet.
With Forex trading, the market is a liquid market. This means it has the potential to be easily changed. What does that mean to you? It means that with Forex trading, if you come to the table already knowing what’s being served, you can pick only the best and leave alone the food that might not agree with you.
When you see the word Forex in reference to Forex trading, that simply means it’s referring to the Foreign Exchange. You might also see it mentioned as plain Forex, as FX or as Forex market.
Forex trading is when a trader buys one currency pair while at the same time selling another. A currency pair is exactly what it sounds like. A pair of currency. Forex trading is usually done with the major currency pairs and those pairs are: GBP/USD, EUR/USD, USD/CHF, USD/JPY.
While you’re learning about Forex trading, you might come across the term ‘Spot’ or ‘Spot Market.’ In Forex trading, this term is one you want to pay attention to as it means the transactions are wrapped up faster, in a shorter amount of time.
Another important term you should know about when dealing with Forex trading is margin. You may hear it referred to as ‘trading on the margin.’ Margin is the amount of money you have to put up.
When you’re trading on the margin, you’re trading with more than you have actually have in your account. When you want to participate in Forex trading, take the time to know as much as you can about the Forex market. That knowledge will reward you in the end.
Originally posted 2012-09-19 05:16:00.