Learn Forex Basics - Forex for Beginners

By: Harold Hsu

What Is Forex Trading?

"Forex trading" is short for "foreign exchange trading". It refers to the buying and/or selling of a nation's currency, using another nation's currency. This might sound a little strange since most of the time we normally exchange money for stuff that we use.

For example, we normally exchange money for a new T-shirt, or maybe a warm meal at the local restaurant. We can wear the T-shirt, or eat the meal that we've bought with our money.

However, in Forex trading we are exchanging money for money instead. But why would anyone want to exchange money for money? It doesn't seem to make sense, right?

Most People Trade Currencies For Profit

In Forex trading, we exchange money to buy another nation's money in expectation of selling it later. For example, we can use the U.S. Dollar currency to purchase some Euros now, because later we want to be able to sell away the Euros for a profit.

Here's an example:

Let's say we buy 1 Euro (1 EUR) at the price of 1.5 U.S. Dollars (1.5 USD). A month later, the price of the Euro increases to 1.6 USD and we sell the 1 Euro that we purchased earlier to get back 1.6 USD.

In this transaction, we made a total of 0.1 USD in profit. Does this make sense?

Now of course, a profit of 0.1 USD doesn't seem like much... but if you carried out these same transactions with 1,500 USD instead of just 1.5 USD, then you'd have made a profit of 100 USD. And if you started with 15,000 USD, these same transactions will have profited you with 1,000 USD!

But I Don't Have 15,000 USD To Begin With!

This is where the Forex market really shines. You see, even if you don't have 15,000 USD to start with, you can still make 1,000 USD in profit. How? You can do this by 'margin trading'.

Margin trading basically allows you to trade with 15,000 USD, using only 150 USD of your OWN money. This means that you can potentially make 1,000 USD in profit by using buying and selling 150 USD 'worth' of the Euros.

Now of course, margin trading is a double-edged sword and you'll have to be careful because you can lose as much as you win. But with a proper education in managing your money and risks, Forex trading can be a very lucrative past time.

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