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Forex Trading For Beginners

Aug 17, 2007
Forex trading involves the simultaneous exchange between two currencies. Shares are bought and sold by investors in order to make profits.

The Forex market does not have a physical address. The Forex market is actually a large network of individual investors and central banks all involved in the process of changing currency. The market is open 24 hours a day, and follows all the major countries including The United States, Europe, and Asia.

The Forex market is unlike traditional markets as you are not required to place the full amount of money into each contract. The Forex market works on a margin system, typically 1%. For example, if the contract at hand is for $100,000, you are only required to place 1%, or $1,000 into the contract. This money is used more as an insurance policy in case the contract goes negative.

The main currencies found in the Forex market are:

USD: U.S. Dollar
CAD: Canadian Dollar
GBP: British Pound
EUR: Euro
CHF: Swiss Franc
AUD: Australian Dollar
HKD: Hong Kong Dollar
JPY: Japanese Yen

New Investors often find the Forex market to be one of the most profitable markets in the world. However, this does not mean that anyone without training should attempt to trade by themselves. There is a 95% failure rate with new investors, because the majority simply do not take the time to properly educate themselves. Successful Forex traders must learn the ins and outs of Forex trading before becoming successful. This often takes years of risking their money and time.

If you decide to trade on your own, the best possible option is to get well educated before trading. You may find the information and training needed to become successful to be overwhelming. Gaining the knowledge and experience needed to become successful at trading may take years. Experienced traders understand the basic fundamentals of the system, and how to properly make decisions, while leaving human emotion out of the picture.

A key to becoming a successful Forex trader is finding tools and services that aide you in making informed decisions. The internet allows investors to access an almost unlimited amount of information Whether it is a program, chart, or article, successful Forex traders rely on any reliable tools they can get their hands on.

Training Tutorials- Several types of online training tutorials are available for little or no cost. Typical training tutorials take you from the very basics to the more advanced portions of Forex trading. By reading, studying, and following the training programs as instruction, you gain knowledge and experience in the Forex market, which will help you make informed decisions later.

Simulated Trading- Simulated trading programs allow you to work within the actual Forex market without the risk of loosing your hard earned money in the process. Most simulated programs work in real time, allowing you to learn about the real market. Simulated programs often use paper money and work exactly the same as a real trade service. By gaining and losing as you would in the real market, you gain real world experience.

Statistic Analyzers- Programs are available that actually analyze information for you. When you are new to investing, the statistics and information may seem to be in gibberish. Statistic analyzers take the information and make it readable by even the newest investor.

Real Online Trading Programs- If you prefer to trade without the pressure of learning the trade, you may consider an online trading program. Online trading programs allow you to determine your settings, then the program controls your portfolio for you. Since programs do not rely on human emotion, profits are easily obtainable.

The most important way a new investor can trade efficiently is by using a trading program. Trading programs not only rely on information rather then emotion, they have the potential to do all the work for you, eliminating the need for hours of studying to learn the basics of the Forex system.

One alternative to going through the process of learning the system is using an online trading system.

Whichever method that you choose, stick with it. Don't jump from one to another. Learn the system thoroughly, set it on autopilot and stick with it.
About the Author
Caterina Christakos is an experience investor and internet entrepreneur. To read more about how to trade the Forex market with less risk go to: http://www.bestforex4beginners.com/Welcome.html
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