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Trade Currencies Like Stock and Make More Money

Feb 25, 2008
The title is deceptive actually. What is being talked about is that if you are holding substantial amounts of Pounds, or Dollars or the Euro, or other currency, you can use that currency to make money on your currency by trading.

Currency Trade is where the currency is bought and sold. Just like stocks and shares are traded in the NYSE or the NASDAQ.

The difference in the two is only one. In stocks and shares, you are buying into or exiting from the companies in which you are holding stocks and shares, based upon the stock movements in the Stock Exchange, again based on supply/demand equations. You bought low and sold high, depending upon your perception of how much you wanted to cash in, and how much you wanted to retain in the long term. This depended on the individual company AND the way the market indices were moving. Currency trading works exactly the same way as the stock market does, based on demand and supply, but was earlier restricted to banks only. They traded on currencies based on values and requirements and whether the economic situation in that currency was good or likely to be good or bad, etc.

Today with the world having gone global, and individual countries freeing up foreign exchange regulations, even private companies (corporates) can trade in currencies. For this they have set up separate funds. Today, if the US dollar is fetching say 2 British Pounds Sterling, and it is expected that since the US economy is going down, then the holding of that dollar would fetch only 1 British Pound Sterling. So you have lost one British Pound Sterling. Conversely, if it is felt that the economy of the US is doing better than the British economy, one US Dollar could fetch as much as 2.5 British pound sterling.

So you now have an opportunity to use the ETFs or your portfolio manager to go in for currency trading. If you put in say $100 you would be getting 200 British Pounds sterling. But if the dollar is going down, you would get much less, say only 100 pounds. Normally in currency trading, a long term option is used. Because, it is based on long term indications of the currency of the country using it. Generally, the managers use a basket of currencies to trade, that smoothens the ups and downs of the currency market. Basket here means holding multiple currencies against which the dollar values goes up or down, and trade is accordingly conducted.

As an individual, you will have to check whether you can yourself trade in the currency market. That depends upon your countries Foreign Exchange Policy. You will have to check it out with your investment group. If you are allowed, you can do pretty well. But start slowly and hedge your bets always. It requires a lot of reading, keeping track of the global economy, your own economy, and of course your personal economy!

Try it through your investment manager, and see for about six months what your return is. Meanwhile, you can read up about it on various media, such as books, the internet, etc.
About the Author
Mark Plummer is a UK based independent Offshore Investment advisor.Has been involved in the financial services and financial planning business since leaving full time education.If trading on your own is not for you then you might go for this Investment Fund
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