Understanding Margin

Forex.com Research Trading currencies on margin lets you increase your buying power. Here’s a simplified example: If you have $2,000 cash in a margin account that allows 100:1 leverage, you could purchase up to $200,000 worth of currency-because you only have to post 1% of the purchase price as collateral. Another way of saying this … Read more

Understanding Forex Quotes

Forex.com Research Reading a foreign exchange quote may seem a bit confusing at first. However, it’s really quite simple if you remember two things: 1) The first currency listed first is the base currency and 2) the value of the base currency is always 1. The US dollar is the centerpiece of the Forex market … Read more

Introduction to Technical Analysis of the Forex Market

Technical analysis is a method of forecasting price movements by looking at purely market-generated data. Price data from a particular market is most commonly the type of information analyzed by a technician, though most will also keep a close watch on volume and open interest in futures contracts. The bottom line when utilizing any type … Read more

History of the Forex Markets

The Foreign Exchange market, also referred to as the “Forex” or “FX” market is the largest financial market in the world, with a daily average turnover of US$1.9 trillion — 30 times larger than the combined volume of all U.S. equity markets. “Foreign Exchange” is the simultaneous buying of one currency and selling of another. … Read more

Forex vs. Futures

The global foreign exchange market is the largest, most active market in the world. Trading in the forex markets takes place nearly round the clock with $1.9 trillion changing hands every day. It is the main event. The benefits of forex over currency futures trading are considerable. The dissimilarities between the two instruments range from … Read more

Forex vs. Equities

If you are interested in trading currencies online, you will find that the Forex market offers several advantages over equities trading. 24-Hour Trading: Forex is a true 24-hour market, which offers a major advantage over equities trading. Whether it’s 6pm or 6am, somewhere in the world there are always buyers and sellers actively trading foreign … Read more

Calculating Profit and Loss

For ease of use, most online trading platforms automatically calculate the P&L of a traders’ open positions. However, it is useful to understand how this calculation is derived. To illustrate a typical FX trade, consider the following example. The current bid/ask price for EUR/USD is 1.2320/23, meaning you can buy 1 euro with 1.2323 US … Read more