What Drives Traders To Forex Markets

By: Nick Makaryk

Millions of people are attracted to the Forex because it is the biggest financial market in the world. Currency trading is the hottest, fastest growing type of investing today. While the Forex is called a 'market' it is not what you would traditionally think of. The trading is done via telephone or on line with computers. Formed in 1971, when the floating exchange rates came round, there is no one central location for trading in any given country in the world. It is an inter-bank or inter-dealer system. With over 3.5 trillion levels being exchanged each and every day, it is clearly growing in worldwide popularity.

Availability
One of the most attractive features of the Forex to investors is the fact that it never closes. It is open all day, every day of the year. People all over the world are just waiting to trade. If you find that you cannot sleep, you can trade. You don't need to wait until the next day. And you wouldn't be alone. It doesn't matter what time it is, trading will be occurring full steam ahead. This availabity is very appealing to a lot of people because you can do it in your spare time or when you get home from work. The reason the market says open twenty-four hours is because it essentially has to be. With time differences and such, there is really no other way. The Forex allows traders to capitalize on the large trading time and it is appreciated. Also, because the market is open all the time, you are never 'stuck' over night with the decisions you made right before closing time. There is no worrying that you won't be able to get out of your investment if something big happens at night or, gasp, on the weekend!

Excitement
The excitement of twenty-four hour trading is another very attractive aspect of the Forex to many traders. If you are willing to stay up all night long, the Forex will accommodate you. The market is so large it offers almost full liquidly, in fact, any were between $1.5 and $3.5 trillions dollars are available every day. It can be an Adeline ride for traders who are used to only trading nine to five, Monday thru Friday except for major holidays. There are no anxieties that come with the closing of the stock market. You can buy, sell and trade as needed without added stress. If something happens in the world, you can take care of business now and you won't have to wait until the markets open.

It's For Everyone
In times gone by, the stock markets were only for the rich and not perceived rich. Typically, a cash deposit of at least one million dollars would have to be given to the bank to even open an account to trade with. As you can see, this made it very difficult for the 'working man' to play the market. However, today, we have the Forex, which is opened to smaller investors as well. Most of the people who invest in Forex are doing so from home. One of the elements that make it attractive are the lower margins. The lower margins allow the smaller investor to trade right along with the big dogs on a more equal footing. Also, information and trading in Forex is readily available on line. This has also happened just recently. Now, home-based traders are doing very well for themselves because they have access to the same real time information as the larger traders.

Because the Forex offers excitement, availability and opportunity, it truly is for everyone. It may be something that, once given a try, you may not want to give up. Forex is such a popular topic in business schools today because of the seemingly endless opportunities. Check with your local community education center if you are interested in learning more about the Forex market. Once you are aware of the rules and regulations, you can open an account on line and start trading right away.

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