The forex market is the largest (by dollar value of trading volume) and most liquid financial market in the world. Trading forex is, indeed, immensely popular.
Forex trading on a wide scale sprang up along with the rise of the internet, which enabled investment brokers to offer individual retail traders access to this asset class, something that had previously been limited to large institutional traders such as banks and hedge funds. The internet provided retail traders with easy access to the market and online trading platforms to facilitate trading.
Forex trading has exploded in popularity since the turn of the century for several reasons, including the following:
- Easy Access; Low Entry Costs
- Continual Trading Opportunities
- High Liquidity; Low Bid-Ask Spreads
- Ease of Short Selling
Easy Access for the Small Investor
One of the main attractions of forex trading is that it’s an investment arena that small investors can easily enter.
You might think that becoming a “currency trader” requires a lot of start-up capital – but it doesn’t. Getting started in forex trading doesn’t require anywhere near the kind of investment capital that it takes to start investing in stocks or commodity futures. The forex market features very low entry costs. Many traders open a forex trading account with initial deposits of just $50 to $100.
How is it that getting into forex trading is so inexpensive?
The answer to that question brings us to the second reason why so many people trade the forex market…leverage.
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What makes it possible for traders to operate in the forex market with just a small amount of trading capital is the unprecedented amount of leverage that’s available in forex trading – up to 1000:1 leverage. Even the most highly-restricted forex trading – that’s regulated by the United States – offers up to 50:1 leverage.
The high amount of leverage available is further enhanced by the fact that forex brokers commonly offer trading in mini- and micro-lots. A mini-lot is one tenth (1/10th) the size of a standard lot, and a micro-lot is one-one hundredth (1/100th) of a standard lot.
Using leverage that only requires traders to put up a small margin deposit to take a trading position (much the same as in trading futures) means that forex traders can, for instance, buy or sell short five micro-lots with a margin deposit of only about $5.00.
High amounts of leverage translate into magnified returns.
(Traders do need to keep in mind that just as it magnifies profits, leverage also magnifies losses, and a trader can lose more than their original margin amount put up for the trade.)
Forex – The Constant Opportunity Market
Another major attraction of forex trading is the fact that there are continual opportunities to make trading profits. The currency markets trade 24 hours a day, five days a week, and the markets are actively traded throughout each day.
Forex traders can generate significant profits every trading day.
The possibility of earning a good day-to-day living attracts many people to the forex market. The high volume of trading in the forex market makes for a very liquid market where bid-ask spreads are attractively low. Combined with minimal commission charges, this means that forex trading offers very low transaction costs as compared to other investment instruments.
Trading opportunities in the forex market are further amplified by the fact that in forex trading it is just as easy to sell short as it is to buy long. There are no restrictions on short selling like those in stock trading. Traders can profit just as easily from falling market prices as from rising market prices.
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- Best Times of Day to Trade Forex
- Forex Regulations and Protections to Keep You Safe
- Awesome Forex Risk Management Techniques
- Can You Trade Forex Part Time? (And Still Keep Your Full Time Job)
An Easy Trading Market to Learn
For investors new to forex trading, it takes some time to learn how to trade the forex markets – just like it takes time to learn how to invest in stocks, options, futures, or any other investment vehicle. But the immense popularity of forex trading has generated a wealth of educational resources.
At My Trading Skills we provide online financial trading courses in Forex. Check out the features of our cutting edge trading education. We also recommend checking out our extensive resources section. This includes market insights, market updates, a trading basics glossary and in depth guides.
There are also plenty of online forums and social networking sites that offer the opportunity to interact with and learn from other forex traders from all over the globe.
There are a lot of factors that make people interested in trading the forex market – low trading capital requirements that make it easy for even the smallest of small investors to get started; a 24-hour market that continually offers new trading opportunities; low transaction costs; ease of selling short; and readily available trading educational resources.
One more advantage forex trading offers is its relative simplicity as compared to other asset classes. There are only a handful of major currency pairs that a trader needs to familiarise themselves with. Once they do, picking and choosing among currency pairs to invest in is a lot less complicated than, say, choosing investments from among thousands of stocks.
Forex trading offers investors a wealth of advantages and opportunities. Start your career as a forex trader today.
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CHAPTER QUICK LINKS
- 3.Why Forex is (or isn’t) for You
- 4.How Does Forex Work?
- 5.Popular Traded Currencies
- 6.History of Forex Market
- 7.FX cash, CFD or Spread Bet?
- 8.How Margin Trading Works
- 9.Best Time of Day to Trade
- 10.Forex Regulation And Protection
- 11.Forex Trading Examples
- 12.Making a Living Trading Forex
- 13.Mind, Money, Method
- 14.Forex Risk Management Strategies
- 15.Winning Forex Strategies
- 16.Technical vs. Fundamental Analysis
- 17.New Forex Trader Mistakes
- 18.Dangers of Forex Trading
- 19.Next steps