Every new investor thinks of the stock market as the first place to invest. The reasons are undeniable, as the stock market is one of the most successful investments. However, few investors know of a new, emerging type of investment that carries much less risk then the physical stock market. This new investment area is known as the Forex Trading Market.
The Forex trading market cannot actually be found physically. Instead, the market is a large network of central banks and individual investors all caught up in the process of currency exchange. Because the Forex market deals with countries all over the world, the market must remain open 24 hours a day. The market follows the three markets, the United States of America, Europe, and Asia.
This presents a problem to even the more successful investors. It is simply not possible for any human being to stay up 24 hours a day so that they have up to date information of the market. Often the market changes will the investor sleeps or goes about their daily routines. If statistics are not checked often, opportunities to gain profits may be lost. The alternative may be to hire a professional broker, or use a trading program.
Making Money Using Forex
Money is made in the Forex two ways. The first way is by buying low and selling high. For example, The Euro and Swiss value is going up, so your portfolio manager it will automatically buy shares of the USD/Swiss at the predetermined price, which you setup when you create your account. At the same time the program will sell the USD/Euro while it is up, locking in profit.
The other way of making money using the Forex trading system is by collecting on the interest each central banks pay on their currency. The United State’s federal reserve determines that the current interest is 5%, while the Swiss government determines that their interest rate is 1.5%. When you trade you are earning 5% on the US currency, and spending 1.5% on the Swiss currency.
The reason that the Forex market is much less risky is the fact that you work on a percent, rather then actual money. For example: If you are dealing with a $100,000 dollar contract, then you are only required to place 1 percent, or $1,000 up. The other investors use this money as a type of insurance policy in case the deal goes bad.
Being Successful in the Forex Marketplace
Gaining the amount of knowledge needed to be successful in the Forex marketplace is actually not difficult. Someone with an education of an Associates Degree, or even a high school diploma would be able to gain the knowledge with just a few years of studying the market.
However, no matter the amount of education or training you have, the number one problem new investors have is making good decisions. While some investors have no problem making decisions and sticking to them, the majority of the human race simply have trouble doing this. Whether it is emotion, lack of knowledge, or uncertainty that makes decision making hard, it must be overcome to be successful in the Forex market.
Your main tool again potential risk is knowledge. Learning as much as you can before your first trade will help you make informed decisions later. Simple knowledge can be obtained by studying articles and books, talking to a trained or experienced investor, or using a simulation program which allows you to trade within the market, without spending any actual money.
If you are waiting to success in the Forex market, you must learn to use technical indicators. These technical indicators will allow the trader to recognize long-term, short-term, and intermediate treads, which will allow the investor to construct his trades and portfolio to reflect the highest possible profits. It may take years for a new investor to fully understand the ups and downs of the market, and how to more accurately predict future trends.