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The foreign currency exchange market, known as forex, is the most liquid financial market on the planet -- liquid to the tune of $5.3 trillion traded per day!
That basically means every single day in forex is the day after Thanksgiving -- a.k.a. "Black Friday" -- with a stampede of traders pounding at the front door come opening bell, and then frantically racing up and down the market aisles in search of opportunities.
It's madness. Market turns are lightning fast. You have to be faster. You have one single goal: Get there before they're gone.
That goal, however, is difficult to attain if you're following the blueprint of mainstream financial analysis; which tells you to look outside the market for clues as to where prices will go next. The trouble with this strategy is that when you have your eyes focused outside the markets, you often miss high-confidence trade set-ups developing on the price charts themselves.
Take, for instance, the recent near-term performance in the euro/Canadian dollar exchange rate, forex name EURCAD. On November 20, the EURCAD took a nasty fall and continued slipping to a one-month low on November 21. Mainstream analysis identified the "cause" of the move after prices had already started to reverse: Continue reading "Every Day Is Black Friday In The World Of Forex"→
Take a ride on a New York subway and you will quickly be able to pick out the stock brokers. These are the Brooks Brothers suits, and probably a briefcase, cell phone in the ear barking orders. Now pick out the Forex traders. That's not nearly as easy to do since they look just like everyone else on the subway.
Sure that Brooks Brothers suit may also be dabbling in currency trade, if he's smart, but so may the guy in sweats sitting next to him. That’s because unlike other markets, Forex has no prejudices.
Trading in the other markets is constrained by time and money. If you don't have the right amount of either, there is no getting in. Forex on the other hand allows for trading around the clock and with very little investment capital. This makes it ideal for anyone who is looking to add to their income.
Who Can Trade Forex?
Admit it, you were always fascinated by the idea of top investors who were making tons of money just by having some. The idea that your own money could be put to work to earn you more has always been fancied, and the reason why banks offer interest earning savings accounts. With the easy availability of Forex, you can expand on that premise and increase your wealth quicker.
Take a teacher for example. You already know they are underpaid, plus they have all these long breaks with nothing to do but read books and watch re-runs. Learning how to trade in the Forex market is ideal for this profession. Not only do they have the spare time before and in between classes to check on their trades they also have months of free time to learn how to get really good at it.
A teacher could find a broker that allows for just a few hundred dollars to get started in trading. With leverage, their investment, and of course return, will be increased allowing them to profit more than what they had in the account would have allowed. So think about it at your next meeting at your son's school. His teacher could be in on Forex trading too.
As many countries there are that have their own currency, there are currency pairs to trade. This does not mean you should start off studying the movements of the Guatemalan Quetzal. New traders need to stick to those currencies whose indicators and movements have been well documented.
The three major currency pairs are the EUR/USD, GBP/USD and USD/JPY. If you didn’t already notice, the US dollar is listed in each one. That’s because this it the most traded currency in the market, and the one that has been studied at length.
There are three very good reasons why you should stick with these three currency pairs:
• All of them are well established currency pairs that are traded widely. This type of liquidity guarantees that you are going to profit from price changes.
• They all have the US dollar, which means that the most amount of activity will be during the New York trading hours. This adds to the liquidity as this is typically when the highest amount of Forex trading is taking place.
• Since they are so popular, a new trader is going to find a wealth of Forex trading systems online that can help them in trading these pairs successfully.
Which Ones Should You Avoid?
Any currency that is considered to be exotic or uncommon should be avoided by new traders. In some instances the financial state of the country is too unstable to be able to read the charts properly. For others, there just is not enough information available to you. A new trader needs to use as many resources as possible before placing a trade. Unless you have some first hand knowledge of Guatemala and its future financial state, you should stay far away from trading the uncommon currencies.
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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Forex Trading: Perspective, Trends & Finding New Opportunities. EWI is the world's largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.
The guy sitting next to you at work making all that money trading currency does not have a special Forex crystal ball. What he is doing to ensure continued profits in his trades is reading indicators and then basing his currency trading moves on them. Once you adopt this practice, how to increase your Forex trading account will no longer seem like such a mystery.
What are Indicators?
Trading currency requires knowing when to buy and when to sell and the sooner the better. This requires studying charts to see how the pair you are trading moves under current circumstances. These movements are known as indicators, and once you master them you will become that same Forex fortune teller as the guy in the next cubicle.
Identifying the Type of Market
When looking at a chart, the first thing you are going to want to pick out is the type of market you are dealing with. This will help you in determining the type of indicator you are going to use. A trending market is when the price of the currency is moving steadily, either higher or lower. These can be seen by long lines heading in one direction. Ranging markets are noted by strong resistance and support levels, where even with sharp fluctuations the currency is not breaking through.