Forex trading can be a great way to earn great money on a part time basis. It is arguably one of the most fun ways to earn a second income provided one starts small and partners with experts. This article examines the basics of FX or Forex and how you can get started in currency trading.
Forex trading is short for foreign exchange trading which as the name suggests is nothing but exchanging or selling one currency against the other in the hope of a profit. It is a completely decentralized market place meaning that transactions happen all over the world independent of each other basis that day's 'exchange rate'. Some currencies are traded more on account of their demand - something that has earned them the nickname - 'major's. These include the three dollars - American, Canadian and Australian and the yen, the sterling and the swiss franc. Combined, these currencies contribute to as much as 80-85% of the FX trade and are therefore considered more 'liquid' that others.
Forex trading happens 24 hours a day and is done on the basis of an investor's opinion on how currencies will move vis a vis each other. Knowing this requires either knowledge or support of an agency with knowledge. Large profits and losses can be made in a single night depending on which currency you have bet on. While it is best to begin small to minimize risk, it is also important to take on the support of an expert agency that can help you choose between the many instruments available that allow you to take a position. There are several company sites that also offer beginner courses as well as access to a lot of reading material that can help you understand the fundamentals of the marketplace. Be sure to choose someone that understands your objectives as an investor.