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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

One Piece Of Currency Trading For Dummies

By Eddie Lamb

There is a lot to learn when you decide to start currency trading. The currency trading market is called the Foreign Exchange Market, the Currency Market, or most commonly, the Forex. This is one of the largest markets in the world. It is traded on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The market is, for the most part high risk, and the more a person knows about Forex, the more successful they will be in trades. This short article cannot begin to give you all of the information you need to begin trading. Even currency trading for dummies will require time and study to accomplish.

Forex traders are betting on the way that exchange rates will move. This sounds easy, but exchange rates for countries are affected by multiple variables. The Forex trading arena is an even playing field, information is received by all traders at the same time. While everyone speculates on changes in the currency market, no one can know for sure when a market is going to rise or fall.

There are many environmental impacts that affect the currency exchange rates for countries. Wars, arms, changes in the economy of a country, death of leaders, etc. Just about anything that affects the people in a country affect the value of the currency in that country.

Traders try to predict fluctuations in the exchange rate and bet on the pairs that will give them the largest gains on their bet. When one country's currency is being traded against another country's currency, it is call a "pair". All of the major pairs that are traded involve the US dollar. When a currency pair is being traded that does not involve the US, it is called a "cross currency pair." An example of a cross currency pair would be EUR/JPY (Euro/Japanese Yen). The most actively traded cross currency pairs are the EUR, JPY, and the GBP (sterling pound or British currency).

If you though that the way that the currency is written and listed wasn't that important, think again. The stronger currency is traditionally shown on the left. When you see EUR/USD, it means that the Euro is stronger than the US dollar. The currency that is listed on the left is the "base currency." Whatever happens on the left creates the opposite action on the right. So, if you buy 100 EUR, you automatically sell 100 USD.

USD, or the currency on the right is the "counter currency", or "secondary currency." When you buy and sell your base currency, your profit or loss will be in the denomination of your counter currency. So, let's say you are selling 1000 EUR/USD - When the value of the USD (500) is figured into your profits or losses, your P&L is -500 on that trade.

There are thousands of these trades taking place every minute of every day. The rates move and fluctuate very quickly. Your success as a trader depends on your ability to read market fluctuations and make trades proactively. You will find pairs that are extremely high risk and pairs that are very low risk. Knowing the how much risk you can afford to take will determine which pairs you focus on in trading.

As you can see, this is just a teeny little peek at what there is to learn. Currency trading for dummies is not a short topic. You will want to learn about strategies and methods. You will also want to discuss Forex with successful traders through websites and blogs to learn what strategies they use and what they have tried that didn't work. When you are looking at programs and tools, you will need to do some research to make sure they have been written by a person who really is a successful trader and that the program they are selling is consistently successful. - 23208

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