Currency Trading For Beginners – Understanding the Basics

There is a lot to learn when you decide to start currency trading. The currency trading market is called the Foreign Exchange Market, the Currency Market, or most commonly, the Forex. This is one of the largest markets in the world. It is traded on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The market is, for the most part high risk, and the more a person knows about Forex, the more successful they will be in trades. This short article cannot begin to give you all of the information you need to begin trading. Even currency trading for newbies will require time and study to accomplish.

Traders, or Currency traders, bet on the movement of exchange rates. Now, the movements of exchange rates are affected by many factors. First, the Forex really is about speculation. No trader, groups, etc., get official information ahead of time that will indicate that a currency rate is going to change.

There are many environmental impacts that affect the currency exchange rates for countries. Wars, arms, changes in the economy of a country, death of leaders, etc. Just about anything that affects the people in a country affect the value of the currency in that country.

Traders try to predict fluctuations in the exchange rate and bet on the pairs that will give them the largest gains on their bet. When one country’s currency is being traded against another country’s currency, it is call a “pair”. All of the major pairs that are traded involve the US dollar. When a currency pair is being traded that does not involve the US, it is called a “cross currency pair.” An example of a cross currency pair would be EUR/JPY (Euro/Japanese Yen). The most actively traded cross currency pairs are the EUR, JPY, and the GBP (sterling pound or British currency).

There are a couple of important things to know about how the pairs are shown. First, the stronger currency is traditionally listed on the left. So, when you see EUR/USD, you know that the Euro is stronger than the US dollar. This stronger currency, the one on the left, is called the “base currency.” The base currency is what you buy or sell. So, if you buy 10000 EUR you are automatically selling 10000 USD.

On paper it would look like this, 10000 EUR/USD. The currency on the right is called the “counter currency” or “secondary currency.” The value of this currency when you buy or sell your base currency will determine what your profit or loss is on your trade.

Reading this does not convey the speed with which trades are happening. Trading is taking place throughout every day and night every day of the year. The market can fluctuate by the minute with many of the currency pairs. There are pairs that provide less risk and extremely high risk pairs. You will want to know which pairs fit in with the level of risk you are willing to take.

Now, this is only one tiny little piece of what you need to know to begin trading. There are strategies, methods, and much more that will be important in making successful trades on a consistent basis. It will be important to take some classes and talk to successful traders to learn about the different strategies and methods for trading that are effective.

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