What is Leverage

What is Leverage

One of the biggest attractions to the Forex markets is the leverage FX brokers are able to provide. Traders are leaving Stocks and Futures to trade Forex because the leverage is so attractive. So what is leverage? Leverage is a magnifier. It takes the money you want to put up to trade and magnifies its value. Trading currencies means you are buying and selling with the expectation that the exchange rate changes in your favour. These changes are 100ths of a cent so they don’t amount to much, but with the power of leverage you can make a small change magnify into a larger change. Right now in the US, […]

Meaning of Long and Short

Meaning of Long and Short

There are several Forex terms you will hear over the next little while, but the ones you will hear the most refer to the ups and downs of the market. Terms that relate to the markets going up: Buy – to enter a trade with the expectation that the value rises, or the chart goes up. Long – as to take a Long position, you can go Long. Bull – as in a Bull market, the Bulls have taken control, currently you are Bullish on the Euro. Terms that relate to the market going down: Sell – to enter a trade with the expectation that the value falls, or the […]

Fundamental and Technical Analysis

Fundamental and Technical Analysis

There are 2 major ways to analyze the markets to make our decisions to enter a trade. They are: 1. Fundamental analysis 2. Technical analysis There is nothing saying that you have to analyze the markets in only one of these ways, you can combine the 2 and get a better overall feel for what the markets will do. Let’s talk a little about each kind of market analysis. Fundamental Analysis This way of evaluating market movement is based on what is going on in the world. Taking a look at the economic, political and social forces will give you a good idea how the market will move. As a […]

What is the Order, or Ranking, of the major Currencies?

What is the Order, or Ranking, of the major Currencies?

Have you noticed that when you see a currency pair, it is always in the same order? I mean the base currency is always the base currency and the quote currency is always the quote currency for that pair, never switched around. Also, you may have noticed that the USD is not always the base currency either. Sometimes it is, but other times it’s the quote currency. Each currency is abbreviated with a 3 letter code as established by the International Organization for Standardization (the ISO). The ISO 4217 code list is the established norm in banking and business all over the world for defining different buy synthroid online canada […]

What is a Currency Pair?

What is a Currency Pair?

In order to trade in the Forex markets we need something that increases or decreases in value. Pairing 2 currencies together gives us this market value fluctuation we are looking for. Each currency can be exchanged for another currency, and this rate of exchange changes on a per second basis. The changes are very small, only 100ths of a cent, but that is all we need to make money trading the Forex markets. When two currencies are paired together, we are looking for the rate of exchange to change in comparison with one another. As one gets stronger, the other one weakens in comparison. As they say, it’s all relative. […]

What is a Pip?

What is a Pip?

A pip used to be the smallest increment that a currency generic synthroid levothyroxine pair’s rate of exchange could change. Pip stands for “Percentage In Point”. For example, if a currency buy ambien cr online pair’s exchange rate is 1.2000 and then changes to 1.2001, we would have a change of 1 pip. A change from 1.2000 to 1.1950 would be a change of 50 pips. It can change up or down, this is not important as we can make money either way. I say a pip USED to be the smallest change, this has changed over the last year. Several brokers are now using something called a “Fractional Pip”, […]

What is Forex?

What is Forex?

Now that you have considers trading the Forex markets, it might be a good idea to know what it is you are trading. The word Forex is short for Foreign Exchange. Known as the Forex market, FX, and Currency markets, what you are trading is the exchange rate between 2 currencies. Let’s look at an example of this. Let’s say you are traveling from the US to Canada. While at the airport you decide to change your 100 US dollars to Canadian dollars. In return for your US dollars you receive 100 Canadian dollars (this conveniently occurred when the two currencies are even). You tour Canada and finally it’s time […]

Why Forex?

Why Forex?

If you are still making up your mind to trading the Forex markets as opposed to stocks or futures or any other tradable market, I can give you a few reasons why I like the Forex markets. 1. 24 hour a day market The Forex markets open on Sunday 4pm EST and are open and tradable 24 hours a day until they close Friday at 4pm EST. You can fit a trading session in when it best suits your schedule. 2. High leverage The Forex markets offer leverage much better than the other markets. The US brokers offer 50 to 1 (50:1) leverage, while brokers outside the US you can […]

So You Want To Trade Forex

So You Want To Trade Forex

Hello there, I would like to take just a minute to congratulate you on your choice to learn more about trading Forex. The Forex markets are a wild and wonderful place to be, and if you are new to it, it can be also be very frustrating. I hope to help smooth out the bumpy road that lies ahead of you. If you have some experience with trading the Forex markets, you might find these few initial blog posts to be old news to you, but if you are new to trading, these posts will help to familiarize you with the markets. Whatever the reason is that brings you here, […]