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Is there any money left in currency trading?

Aug 17, 2007
Currency trading may be one of the most liquid forms of trading, but it is also a volatile market that requires strategy if you wish to make money. The truth is that more people make small profits in this market, while a few are highly successful. The constant change makes this form of trading exciting and with a high profit potential; however, making a fast buck in this market may not be as easy as it used to be.

What is Currency Trading?
In its basic form, currency trading, also known as "forex trading," is simply that--trading money. It involves trading one currency for another, such as U.S. dollars for the Euro. The exchange rate is known as the foreign-exchange rate, forex rate, or FX rate and is one of the largest markets in the world, trading trillions of U.S. dollars each day. Currency trading gained enormous popularity in the 1990s, and continues today. One reason this type of trading is so popular is that it can be done from a computer, twenty-four hours a day. There are fewer currencies to trade with, which makes learning the practice much easier (as opposed to learning about the many stock options available). The most commonly traded currencies are the U.S. dollar, the Japanese yen, and the British pound.

Currencies are traded in pairs. The trader buys the one that he or she believes will appreciate in value over the other. Currency fluctuates as there is demand for it. Interest rates tend to be an indication of a currency's demand. The higher a country's interest rate, the higher demand. However, countries will sometimes try to create demand for a currency by changing interest rates. The well-informed trader needs to conduct research and make educated guesses on a currency's future.

Currency Trading is Big Business
The currency trading business is big. An estimated two trillion in U.S. dollars is exchanged each day. The forex market is the largest in the world. Because it can be done from home, many people are interested in getting involved, and the payoff can be big. It is also possible to get involved with little investment. Traders simply determine how much they are able and willing to risk, and they can enter the market.

As with other forms of trading, watching the market and making calculated decisions is more likely to result in a profit than making decisions based on emotions, hunches, or preferences. Many courses are available on currency trading. Learning more about the process can help traders make better choices. Choosing a quality course is also a matter that requires a bit of research. However, currency markets fluctuate on both short and long-term timelines, and learning how to best track these changes and the events that affect the markets can help traders, especially those new to the process. The allure of making quick cash is still out there, however, as it is possible to close a contract after a few minutes, hours, days, or weeks.

Is it Nearing its Peak?
The currency trading frenzy, which expanded rapidly during the 1990s, may be reaching a peak. Why? While in some ways currency trading is easy, many people who enter the market do not make money. The idea that you can make quick cash is not as easy as it sounds. Additionally, while traditional stocks are based on a company's physical assets and product, currency trading is not absolute. Further, governments control, or attempt to control currencies to reach political objectives. Unforeseen events, such as natural disasters, can also alter a currency's value, making it more difficult to make an educated guess on a currency's future. Finally, the global marketplace is changing currencies around the world (the Euro is one such example).

This does not mean that a person cannot make money in the currency market. However, as the global marketplace continues to expand and global politics affect currencies, it is much more difficult to determine a currency's value. Making money in the Foreign Exchange market is possible, but it is not easy. Even economists have a difficult time estimating the future of currencies and purchasing power, so a trader must conduct thorough research, determine trends, and try to make the best guess possible.
About the Author
Mike Singh is a finance enthusiast who writes articles about variety of fiscal topics. Checkout more Forex-related articles at Forex made easy .
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