A forex trader will monitor the financial markets and react to trends in the movement in price between one currency and another. He makes a profit if he buys or opens a trade at a low price and sells or closes at a higher price. The skill is being able to understand what is happening in the market and correctly anticipate the upward or downward movement of currency prices. There are many tools available to help with the analysis of the market – the most common being a variety of charts which show historical trends and patterns. Increasingly, there are new trading software packages entering the market which automates much of this process (visit my blog for monthly reviews of such products).
All currencies are given an International Standards Organization (ISO) code, which are used to express currency pairing. The ISO code for Euro is EUR, US dollars is USD, Japan Yen is JPY, and so on. Of course each currency has to be paired to another during trade, because essentially currencies are traded in pairs. These pairs form the ‘ask’/ ‘bid’ price. You either buy a currency with the other currency in the pair, or sell the same in the other currency’s units. In this connection, exchange rate is an important concept.
The trading process at this market is a little complicated, as the commodity that is bought and sold is money and no physical thing. Forex is not located anywhere but electronically. All dealings are done among different people, banks, traders etc., electronically. It is basically an over the counter market and its work is based upon the strong network among the banks. It is an all-time market as it works the whole day and night.
1. When looking at the forex market, you will notice that the most popular traded currencies are the US dollar, the British pound, the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen are among the most widely used. When looking to exchange them, you will follow the gradual change in their values.
Forex traders the world over and coast to coast depend on swing trading strategies only because they are the best bet for volatile trading sessions. Compared to other speculative trades, forex transactions number in trillions daily and the sessions are characterized by wild movements. And it is the wild movements that allow you to make quick profits if you have a handy tool and strategy in place.