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Significant Facts About Forex Currency Pairs

May 22, 2008
One of the primary elements when it comes to trading forex currencies is that it necessitates trading in pairs of currencies like EUR/USD in which Euro trades over the US dollars. This is a characteristic pattern of forex currency pairs.

In the instance of the Euro which is the initial currency it is recognized as the base currency whereas the second currency or the dollar is regarded as the counter or quote currency. What it actually means is in case of these two forex currency pairs, if you want to purchase the currency pair, then you have to buy the Euro currency and sell US dollars at the same time.

Complete Comprehension

Hence, to have success when trading in forex currency pairs, you need to have a full and comprehensive understanding about currency pairs especially when going into a forex trade, you must know what currency you are selling or buying. For success in forex currency pairs, you should have a very complete knowledge about the major currencies such as the US Dollar, Euro, German deutshe mark and so on.

For a very long time, the US dollar has been the major currency throughout the world. It was used as a primary currency to assess other currencies that were being traded on forex and because of this all the currencies needed to be quoted in terms of the how it related to the US dollar.

Because all Forex trading deals in foreign currencies and the full extent of such trade is stupendous and ultimately amounts to well over a trillion dollars, to become a success at trading in them requires a full understanding of forex currencies pairs.

Simultaneous Transactions

As elaborated on, traders purchase and sell currencies by exchanging one type of currency to another and in the hopes of turning a profit from doing in the process. The market quotations as far as Forex is concerned, is specified as forex currency pairs which is denoted as the base currency which is then followed by the quote currency.

Amongst the most usual types of currency pairs are the GBP/USD (British pound vs. US dollar), EUR/USD (Euro vs. US dollar) USD/JPY (US dollar vs. Japanese Yen) and USD/CHF or US dollar vs. Swiss franc.

As far as forex currency pairs go, it is common to have the base currency listed first which is then followed by the quote currency or counter. Moreover, the base currency is a single energetic monetary unit, for instance 1 EUR, 1 USD or 1 GBP, and is implied and not shown necessarily.

Finally, forex currency pairs ordinarily represent the 'bid' and 'ask' price and the former of the two make reference to the price that the broker wishes to pay whereas latter means the price in which the broker wants to sell the currency.
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