Learn Forex Trading - 5 Reasons To Trade In Worldwide Currencies

By: Donald Saunders

The Forex market (or foreign exchange market) offers unparalleled advantages to investors today and there are many reasons for choosing to trade in worldwide currencies. Here are just five of the reasons for choosing to trade in global currencies:

The 24 Hour Nature Of The Market

Unlike many of the world's trading markets which operate from fixed trading centers and within strict hours, often limited to as few as five or six hours a day five days a week, the Forex market is open 24 hours a day.

Not only does this mean that traders can take advantage of international events, reacting literally as they happen, but it also means that traders can determine their own working day and trading hours. If it suits you to work in the mornings then that's fine but, equally, you are free to trade during the afternoon, late evening or even in the middle of the night if this suits your lifestyle.

Low Trading Costs

With traditional markets, such as the equity market, traders will pay not only a spread (the difference between the price for buying and for selling a stock) but will also pay a commission to the broker.

Even on small trades this commission can typically be in the order of $20 and for larger trades can be well over $100.

The very nature of the purely electronic Forex market means that many of the traditional costs of trading are eliminated and you are essentially reduced to paying only the spread. In addition, the highly liquid nature of the currency exchange market also means that spreads are often much smaller than those seen in other markets.

The Ability To Trade On High Leverage

In markets which provide the opportunity to trade on leverage such leverage is typically quite low. In the case of equity markets for example professional equity day traders will normally operate on a leverage of ten times their capital. In the Forex market it is not at all uncommon to find traders being permitted to trade at one hundred times their capital.

The only downside to such high leverage is that it can of course lead to high losses as well as high gains. However, within the Forex market, risk management is normally very tightly controlled.

Limited Slippage In Trading

Currency trading provides immediate execution of trading orders based on real-time prices at which firms are prepared to buy or sell the quoted currencies. In almost all cases therefore this means that the price you see is the price you pay.

This is not always the case in other markets where there can often be a delay between placing your order and that order being executed, during which time the price moves.

The Ability To Profit Regardless Of Market Conditions.

While traditional equity markets follow rising and falling trends (the typical cycle of Bull and Bear markets) the Forex market does not suffer the structural bias of such markets.

Currency trading always involves two currencies so that if you are long on one currency then you are short on the other. As a result, the potential to profit will always exist whether the market is rising or falling.

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