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Forex Trading Best Practices


FOREX, the term for the FOReign EXchange market, is an international exchange market where currencies from many different countries are bought and sold. Both long-term hedge investors and short-term investors that seek quick profits use FOREX. Trade reaches between 1 and 1.5 trillion US dollars per day. Needless to say, FOREX is a very lucrative market. Many wonder how to gain the most profits by trading with FOREX. There are a few simple trade practices that can help any trader, either an amateur or a professional make significant profit from FOREX.

The best traders firstly understand the intricacies of FOREX trading. In order to be successful, one must understand how FOREX works. FOREX transactions are not centered in an exchange, unlike the stock market. Many transactions can take place at different times all over the world. This is important to note if one is going to invest in FOREX. In order to trade, one must simply find a trader (there are many around the world, some can even be found online), decide the currency to purchase, sell currency, and make profit. However, if FOREX was this simple, everyone would do it. In reality, most people have to gamble with FOREX because no currency is completely stable, and there is always the risk for losing money.

One of the best FOREX practices, but also the most potential hazardous is marginal trading. Marginal trading is when an investor speculates on currency prices by getting a credit line. This can lead to a vast gain, as well as a potential loss. Because FOREX can be traded without real money, trading with borrowed capital (marginal trading) can be very appealing. Using this techniques, an investor can invest more money without having to deal with as many money transfer costs. Marginal trading also allows bigger positions to be opened with a smaller amount of actual capital. This trading practice is certainly for the short-term investor.

The best long-term practices with FOREX are Technical Analysis and Fundamental Analysis. It is a good idea for small and medium sized investors to invest in technical analysis. Technical Analysis assumes that all information about the market and future fluctuations of a currency can be found in the price chain. In other words, technical analysis involves looking at the past events in the market and assuming that these trends will continue. This is a very good strategy because, quite simply, history has a habit of repeating itself. This is also safer because it entails less guesswork than marginal trading, since the investor assumes that history will continue and therefore makes a safe investment in a strong currency that seems likely to continue a positive trend.

Fundamental Analysis is the process of considering the current situation of the country of the currency. Elements such as a countries economy, political situation, and future must all be taken into account in Fundamental Analysis. Investors then make investments based upon this knowledge. The best investors not only analysis a countries current situation, but the rest of the world's interpretation of that country. Like any stock market, the value of the commodity is not merely based on exact numbers, but on perceptions of that commodity. If a country is believed to be on a positive path economically, than it's currency will do well in FOREX.

FOREX can be a potentially lucrative investment. However, the success of FOREX trading depends on the practices and knowledge of the investor. It is important for any investor to analyze the market and determine what exactly he or she wants to achieve in investing. Long-term gains and short-term gains require different strategies. The best investors are always well informed about the market, the world economy and have the best traders available. If one follows these practices, FOREX will certainly prove to be a very rewarding investment.

Diane McDee is a knowledgeable investor and contributes to the Forex Blog ( http://www.forexblog.org ).


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