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Futures Trading in the Forex Market

Jul 31, 2008
Futures trading in the Forex market is a very profitable field. Trading futures requires looking at different aspects compared to regular Forex trading. Investors look into areas like history and objective views. Other aspects that set both fields apart are fees, margin necessities, liquidity, practicality, and the technical and informational resources available for each service.

Regular Forex vs. Futures Trading
Futures trading is said to be more viable then regular Forex trading. The futures market is generally more liquid and is often said to be more profitable for traders. It is however more complicated to analyse then regular currency trading. One of the main advantages with futures trading is that there are no commissions and the depth of information available from agencies and available websites.

Futures Trading in Currencies vs. Futures Trading in the Stock Market
In the stock market it is necessary to engage all trading through a broker or agent in matters of transactions and also receiving price quotes. Futures trading in Forex however have no middleman or agent so these costs are absent. This in turn increases investor's margins and decreases losses if incurred. These extra brokerage fees do skim away at investor profits and can add up to a significant amount for high volume traders.

Investors are advised to make portfolios to track past investments and track profits on various trades done. This serves as a tracker to allow investors to speculate on future investments.

Both futures generally work in the same manner. The key difference is that Forex futures are not traded in a centralized exchange, instead it is available in many different exchanges around the world. The majority of Forex futures are however done through the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and its partnering brokers.

Investors who wish to preview past market trends can visit Forex charts which aid in forecasting future results. Trend forecasting can never be 100% accurate and returns are not always guaranteed but this is common for any kind of trading. This is why it is important for investors to continually monitor "predicting oscillators" in the charts to anticipate swings and fluctuations.

Despite there being no commission or transaction fees traders and investors will still lose a bit of their margin in the spread. The spread is the percentage difference in the buying and selling price of currencies. This is common in both regular Forex Trading and Forex futures trading. However Forex futures trading is still considered the most lucrative form of trading according to research.

Both futures trading in stocks and currencies have their upsides and downfalls. Research and assessment show that futures trading in currencies are far less volatile then stock market trading. This, both reduces the chances for high profits or high losses. Risk-averse traders may find more comfort in Forex futures trading as a result of this. It is also shown to be more profitable in the long run compared to the stock market. It is also used by many to hedge currency fluctuations.

Arkaitz Arteaga http://www.MarketStock.net
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I have a degree in Computer Systems Engineering. I've been working in the world of forex trading and stock market investing.
I also have been building a variety of websites for the last 3 years.

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