What is Forex?????
Forex is short for Foreign Exchange, they took the for in Foreign and the ex from Exchange to created the word forex. Forex is a place to exchange one currency for another. The Forex market is larger than all of the other stock and futures and commodity market of the world combined. According to the Bank for International Settlements, average daily turnover in global foreign exchange markets is estimated at $3.98 trillion.
The Forex market, unlike other markets is an OTC (over the counter market) and has no physical location, which means that the entire forex market is run electronically. It is available 24hours a day Sunday evening to Friday afternoon EST. With a computer, a little capital, and a high speed connection, almost anyone can become a forex trader.
What is the lure of Forex? Lots of actions, and quick gains. It is a fast pace, exciting environment that can keep you glued to the computer monitor for hours.
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As a retail trader the odds are stacked against you, due to limited capital, market manipulation, and just lack of information.
You need to be aware that 90% of all first time traders lose all of their capital.
There are reasons for this:
Lack of information; The stuff given to you by your broker will eventually get you killed, if you don't understand how to properly use it. They only give you enough information to make you confident enough to get your tail handed to you. Get on youtube, where real traders are making videos that can help you better understand what is going on. Or other sites like this one that are made by real traders who want to give something back. You must invest in your own education, otherwise you will be just another sheep to the slaughter.
Over extending on too little capital, is one of the biggest mistakes new traders make. You start a $ 50, 000 practice account where you are trading full lots, then you open an account with $2,000-$5,000 and you continue trading full lots. It is a recipe for suicide. On that little capital, you should only trade mini-lots.
Broker trading against clients. Many broker trade against their customers stacking the odds heavily against their customers for big paydays.
Never add to losing positions thinking that the market will turn around in your favor and you are going to get a windfall. 99% of the time that is a false expectation that will break you real fast!
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This blog is not in anyway an enticement or solicitation to trade in the Forex Market. These tips are for informational purposes only and are not to be substituted for legal advice or council. I have written this blog in hopes that it will help you to avoid some of the terrifying pitfalls I had in the Forex Market before I learned better.
Risk Disclosure: Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. The high degree of leverage can work against you as well as for you. Before deciding to invest in foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and therefore you should not invest money that you need for living expenses and cannot afford to lose.
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