A Brief Look at the Fascinating World of Forex Exchange Rates

By: Corbin Newlyn

One of the primary methods of making a profit on the foreign exchange or the Forex market is to be able to purchase and sell currencies in such a way that whatever fluctuations there may be in the prices will end up helping you to earn a tidy profit. Therefore, understanding the meaning and nature of foreign exchange rates is crucial to your success in Forex trading and though it might, on the surface, appear to be a simple matter that anybody can learn, in reality it isn't all that straightforward a subject and therefore requires some in-depth knowledge prior to a person being able to succeed in Forex trading.

A Rich History

Actually, there is a rich history behind the foreign exchange rates so you need to understand the importance of understanding why things happen the way that they do on the Forex market and also educate yourself in making the right decisions so that you can capitalize on your knowledge.

So, to actually comprehend foreign exchange rates, you must be certain of what they in fact really are A definition of foreign exchange rates would be that they are the value of one currency as it relates to a second currency.

Therefore, when the exchange rate between two different currencies is listed as being a first currency fetching 1.20 of the second currency, then the foreign exchange rate is 1:1.2. Additionally, you will also need to comprehend why currencies have values that are different and this can be best explained by the fact that after the valuation of currencies throughout the world moved away from 'gold standards', the prices of currencies started to be pegged against the US dollar, and other currencies fluctuated upwards or downwards as they related to this currency in a range of not more than a single percentage.

Hence, this was the start of foreign exchange rates and it was commonly referred to as fixed exchange rate. Since these changes in the method that the trade is carried out in recent times, both the fixed exchange rates and the gold standard have been abandoned so the forex exchange rates are now typically known as fluctuating exchange rates.

In reality it means that presently forex exchange rates are influenced by the forces of the market and when demand for a specific currency exceeds its supply then the Forex exchange rates will end up going higher for the currency being demanded, and the opposite would occur should the demand decrease.

Now that the US dollar is the base currency in Forex trading, the US government merely prints additional dollars and then sells these new dollars to various countries in the form of debts, though due to rising oil prices as well as stronger world economies, currently the US dollar is losing its vice like grip as the predominant currency of the world which is eroding the exchange rates of the dollar and the United States closest trading allies are affected as well.

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