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Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:53 AM PST

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Forex Trading vs Stock Market

Two of the main differences between (and some would say advantages over) the forex market compared to the stock market are:
1. Trading hours. The forex market is open 24 hours a day. Trading is done over three continents, allowing a trader to trade continuously and to react immediately to events and new developments. The market opens on Sunday evening and closes Friday night. - Subscribe to Groups Team at www.hotmazia.com Desi Sexy Actress by Email


Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:53 AM PST

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Trading Concepts and Mechanisms

Currency Pairs
Currency prices can only fluctuate relative to another currency, so they are always traded in pairs. Two of the most common currency pairs are the price for euros in US dollars EUR/USD and the price for the British pound in US dollars GBP/USD
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Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:52 AM PST

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Commissions or Spreads
Brokers take part or all of the spread in all currency pairs traded. Here is an example:
EUR/USD. Prices are always quoted with both bid and offer prices ( Buy EUR/USD 1.2000, Sell EUR/USD 1.2003). That difference of 3 pips is the spread and can amount to a substantial amount of money. Because the standard lot is 100,000 units of the base currency, 3 pips on EUR/USD means $30 paid to the broker. A pip is the smallest amount the currency is traded in - 1/100th of a percent in the case of the US dollar. The currency pairs are always purchased by buying 100,000 of the quote currency , also known as the counter currency. For the pair EUR/USD, the base currency is USD, therefore 1/100th of a percent on a pair with USD as the base currency will always have a pip of $10. If, on the other hand, your currency has British Pounds as a base instead of US dollars, then 1/100th of a percent is now worth around $20, because you are buying 100,000 units of British pounds. Retail forex brokers make a lot of money without charging commissions.
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Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:51 AM PST

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Forex Trading Systems

There are more  , than fleas on a dog. Fibonacci analyses of market fluctuations, "Secret Trading Formulas," "Set and Forget," with automatic trades being done. No doubt some of these systems will work some of the time, but picking the jewels from the junk is not an easy matter. Caveat Emptor.
Author's note:
"If I had a foolproof way of making money on the foreign exchange market, I wouldn't be uploading videos to YouTube and trying to sell you an e-book, I would be sitting on my private beach in Aruba, playing the market and enjoying my money."
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Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:50 AM PST

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How to Start Trading Forex

Starting out trading forex is a very simple proposition: sign up with an online broker, download any software, deposit some money and you are ready to trade. Most of the reputable brokerage firms have a practice account facility where they will open an account, deposit fake money into the account and allow you to start trading in real time.
Some of these same brokers are also offering to open an account and start you trading for real using a very small deposit, say $100. Even with a 200:1 leverage applied, this amounts to only $20,000 - nowhere near enough to make a forex trade. My own feeling is that these "mini accounts," are a complete waste of time and money (see leverage) and possibly just plain dangerous. In the unlikely event that you do make money with a $100 deposit and are then tempted to place a larger one, anything you learned trading at this level will not apply to a substantially larger trade. Try a practice account with one of the larger banks instead. N.B Trading on a practice account, regardless of how realistic it is, is not the same as trading for real. If it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, you will behave differently to the way you will act when money is at stake.
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Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:49 AM PST

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Leverage in Forex Trading

Currency movements are measured in "pips" or fractions of a decimal point depending on the currency involved.
A typical example would be a currency pair like the GBP/USD. When this pair moves 50 pips from 1.9500 to 1.9550, that is just a $0.005 move of the exchange rate. With $100,000 invested, this equates to a profit or loss of $500. Therefore, currency transactions must be carried out in large amounts to take advantage of these small shifts. When you deal with a large amount of money, small changes in the price of the currency can result in significant profits or losses. Hence the leverage offered. A standard lot of this pair is 100,000. $1,000 invested and leveraged 100:1 would allow you to buy one standard lot. In this case, a 1% fluctuation will either double your investment or lose it.
Although brokers offer leverages of up to 200:1, it is not obligatory to use it. In this example, a $10,000 investment leveraged 10:1 instead of $1,000 leveraged 100:1 offers the same amount of profit/loss. A tenth of the profit compared to the amount invested, but a tenth of the risk.
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Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:49 AM PST

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Risk vs Reward

Clearly, there are large amounts of money to be made trading foreign exchange. The forex market is a game in which there are many experienced, well-capitalized, professional traders who do nothing else but trade currencies full time. An inexperienced retail trader has a significant information disadvantage compared to these traders. Retail traders are undercapitalized. In a fair game - one with no information advantages - between two players that continues until one trader goes broke - the player with the lower amount of capital has a highest likelihood of going broke first. Since the retail trader is effectively playing against the market as a whole - which has an almost unlimited supply of capital - he will almost certainly go broke.
The retail trader always pays the bid/ask spread making his odds of winning lower. Additional costs may include margin interest, or if a spot position is kept open for more than one day the trade must be "resettled" each day, costing the full bid/ask spread every day. Even people running the trading shops warn clients against trying to time the market. "If 15% of day traders are profitable,' says Drew Niv, chief executive of FXCM, 'I'd be surprised." Source - 
The retail brokers encourage individual traders to trade extremely large positions by offering high leverages, sometimes as high as 200:1. This increases the trading volume cleared by the broker, therfore his profits, but increases the risk that the trader will receive a margin call or a closed account. Professional currency dealers - banks, hedge funds et al, rarely use more than 10:1 leverage.
The US government regulating body for the Foreign Exchange Market the "National Futures Association" warns traders in a Forex Training presentation of the risk in trading currency. "As stated at the beginning of this program, off-exchange foreign currency trading carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all customers. The only funds that should ever be used to speculate in foreign currency trading, or any type of highly speculative investment, are funds that represent risk capital; in other words, funds you can afford to lose without affecting your financial situation."
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Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:48 AM PST

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Forex Scams

The forex market is largely unregulated and along with a substantial increase in retail trading, there has been a proportionate increase in scam artists, bent on parting a trader from his money. Forex, like any other investment, has the potential to lose money as well as make profit. The fast paced nature of the market and high leverage offered means that a $10,000 investment can be wiped out in a matter of seconds. The U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commision (CTFC) has witnessed a sharp rise in foreign currency trading scams in recent years and advises potential customers to be aware of the potential for fraud. Some claims to be wary of are these type. Anyone making statements like these, is probably best avoided:
  • Whether the market moves up or down, in the currency market you will make a profit.
  • Make $1,000 per week, every week.
  • We are out-performing 90 percent of domestic investments.
  • The main advantage of the forex markets is that there is no bear market. We guarantee you will make at least a 30-40 percent rate of return within two months.
  • With a $10,000 deposit, the maximum you can lose is $200 to $250 per day.
  • We promise to recover any losses you have.
  • Your investment is secure.
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Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:47 AM PST

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Conclusions

Forex trading is a high-risk, high-reward pastime. Fortunes are made and lost every time a currency changes value. The small investor is at a disadvantage compared to the major institutional banks for two major reasons: wider spreads and under-capitalisation. The consensus amongst the professional traders is that somewhere between 80 and 95% of day traders lose money and even the majors get in to trouble on occasion. In 2002, Allied Irish Banks revealed that it lost US$750 million at its Baltimore subsidiary on spot and forward forex trades made by forex trader John Rusnak and in 2003, the National Australia Bank admitted to losses of US$1.13 billion as a result of unauthorised forex trades, although it seems any time a bank loses money, it's a result of "unauthorised," activity.
Realistically, a private individual should only enter the forex market with a bare minimum of $10,000 "risk capital," i.e money that can be lost without causing hardship, and a good understanding of the mechanisms of the market. The nature of the forex market means that the smaller the sum risked, the greater the price fluctuation needs to be before a position becomes profitable. This doesn't mean it is not possible to make money trading foreign currencies, CitiGroup would not be interested if there wasn't an awful lot of money in forex trading, but it's not necessarily as easy as some would have you believe.
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