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Introduction To Online Forex Trading – What You Need To Know

With the enormous improvements in internet speed and easy access to the internet through your cell phone, you might have considered using the technology to make money.

The internet has opened up a world of opportunities. Online Forex trading is one of these opportunities.

Millions of people trade foreign currency every day, with daily transactions reaching $6.6 Trillion as far back as April 2019.

The forex market is the world's largest financial market. Moreover, it is the most liquid among all the markets in the financial world.

Let's look at online forex trading how it works to see whether you can make money investing your hard-earned dough into the forex market.

What is Forex Trading?

Forex trading involves trading in currencies on the foreign exchange market much the same as you would trade in stocks on the stock exchange market.

We all know that currency rates fluctuate minute by minute. When you buy another currency to use that currency in a country you are visiting that does not use US Dollars, the rate applied is always different.

Various factors affect the currency rate, such as:

  • Interest rates
  • Geopolitical risk
  • Trade flows
  • Economic strengths
  • Tourism

When one currency's value increases or reduces against another currency's value, there is an opportunity to profit from those changes.

Sounds really simple right? Not so fast. Currency trading is highly volatile, and you would best be advised to consider finding the right broker to guide you. Visit to learn how to find and use the right broker.

How Does Forex Trading Work?

Forex trading is done in pairs. When you make a forex trade, you sell one currency and buy another.

If the currency you buy moves up against the currency you sold, you profit.

Conversely, if it moves down against the currency you sold, you make a loss.

A Word About Leverage

It is common to use what is known as "leverage" when investing in the forex trading market.

This means a purchaser can purchase a multiple of the actual amount invested.

This means that your gains and losses will be amplified. For example, let's assume that the brokerage firm offers leverage of 20:1. As an investor, you could invest just $1 000 and then leverage this to buy $20 000 of foreign currency. The brokerage firm, in effect, lends you the additional $19 000.

Sounds great, yeah? Well, that depends.

If you profit from the trade as the currency moves up by 10 per cent, you get to benefit 200 per cent.

But, if you made a loss since the currency moved down by 10 per cent, you would lose your $1 000 and be obligated to pay back a loan to the brokerage firm of $19 000.

What Moves the Forex Market?

If you can understand what moves the forex market, you are in a better position to predict how it will move.

The forex market is driven by supply and demand.

Factors That Affect Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand are Affected by the following:

Central Banks

Central banks control the money supply, and their decisions will affect currency rates.

They also determine the base interest rate for any currency.

Higher interest rates mean higher returns. But suppose the interest rate is too high. In that case, it is also too difficult to borrow, leading to a more difficult environment to invest in and lower returns.

Market Sentiment

Suppose traders believe a currency is going in a particular direction due to, for example, news. In that case, they will trade and convince others to trade in a certain way, affecting demand.

News Reports

Positive news about a region will encourage investment and increase demand for that region's currency.

So, currencies tend to reflect the reported economic health of the country or region they represent.

In Summary

Forex trading can be a good investment and offer a significant return.

Remember that it is highly volatile and subject to numerous factors which can cause it to swing either way.

It is an area of investment that is well considered with a broker at your side. There is nothing to replace experience.

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