Getting the Right Forex Trading Broker

By: Jane Macrae

Finding a good forex trading broker can be tough, not because there are too few of them, but because there are so many of them. With all of the choices out there, trying to find the right one can be overwhelming. But, when searching for a forex broker, here are some tips to keep in mind.

* Choose One That Offers a Free Demo Account

Many online forex brokers offer free demo or test accounts to new and potential members. Take advantage of them.

A demo account not only introduces you to forex transaction (in case you are a newbie), but also lets you take a look at the trading platform used by that broker. You want an interface that is easy to learn and understand, and that you will be comfortable to use.

* Always Ask For References

Yes, you should ask for references! In fact, a good broker may often offer you his references. You need to be able to talk to other people who have used his services, and find out whether or not they are happy with their experiences.

If a broker refuses to give you references, you should probably steer clear.

* Examine the Minimum Deposit Requirement to Open an Account

All forex brokers set their own minimum deposit requirements when you open an account with them.

In case one broker asks for a larger deposit than you are willing to start with, search for one that requires a lower minimum. There are options out there for every investor, no matter how much or how little they have to invest.

* Learn About the Broker's Credentials

Although there is no centralised, governing body to regulate the whole forex market over the world, the business practices of each forex broker is regulated by institutions in the countries where they are located.

A broker located in the US, for example, should be registered as a Futures Commission Merchant (or FCM) with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or CFTC). They should also be registered with the National Futures Association (or NFA).

* Check Out the Service Charge

As a general rule, cheaper isn't always the best.

Compared to their competition, some brokers may charge less for their services. However, they may try to make up for the difference with hidden fees that you may not even be aware you are being charged.

So, before you engage any broker, be sure to ask about possible hidden fees, read the fine print, and learn as much about them as you can.

Finding a good forex trading broker is probably an experience for almost all players in the forex market. With the tips shown in this article, you have already known the most key things to look at. But, don't be afraid if you still make a mistake. Sometimes, we just grow out of try and error.

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