How Forex Trading Can Make You Rich!

By: John Howard

Considered to be the largest financial market in the world, Foreign Exchange refers to trading that involves the world's currencies. Also known as FOREX, Retail forex, FX, and by many other names, the forex market reaches a trading volume of up to 2 trillion USD in a single day - thrice as big as the total amount of stocks and future markets in the stock exchange market.

Foreign exchange or forex trading revolves around money - specifically the purchasing and selling of different currencies. Trading is done through a broker or dealer and is usually done in pairs. Forex trading can be a bit confusing as it does not involve the handling of any physical or tangible items. Forex trading is mostly a speculative manner of conducting business, with a minimal percentage of the market's activities coming in from governments' and companies' currency conversion needs.

Forex trading is conducted on the interbank market and not on a central exchange like that of the stock market. This interbank market may be best described as an over the counter market, allowing two parties to trade directly with each other, whether via telephone or the on other means of communication. The main trading centers for forex trading are located all over the world - in Sydney, London, Frankfurt, New York, and Tokyo - this ensures that trading in the forex market is open twenty four hours a day.

How do you start trading? To get started, you will need a trading account which you can acquire online. You will also need foreign exchange trading software which you may install on your computer or access via internet browsers. You can open an online currency trading account, also known as micro account, for a couple hundred dollars. The micro account, as well as the mini trading account, is a good way to start trading as you can dabble in the world of the forex market without risking too much. About USD1,000 for the micro account is a good place to start.

There are numerous advantages and benefits that can be derived from forex trading. One clear advantage is the absence of commissions - there are no excessive fees such as government fees, clearing fees, or brokerage fees. There are also no middle men involved in trading. Spot currency forex trading will allow you to trade directly with the market. Low transaction costs are also another plus for forex trading - the transaction cost for forex trading is generally below 0.1% when in normal market conditions. 24-hour availability is also another advantage - you can trade anytime, anywhere. No single party can control the forex market - another plus to forex trading.

There are a lot of great benefits to forex trading - and some of the better benefits are available for people who are just starting out. Free demo accounts, information, and news are available - allowing newbies to learn about the market while practicing their trading skills. Mini and Micro trading will also greatly benefit amateurs as these accounts can let them trade in the forex market without risking too much money.

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