Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Getting involved in the Forex market is a strategy that has the potential to bring in large amounts of investment returns over the long-term.

If you are thinking about getting started in the market, there are some basic concepts that you need to understand in order to maximize your income as a trader. Here are a few concepts that you'll need to grasp in order to make money in the Forex market.

Types of Forex Trades

When you trade in the Forex market, there are a few different types of trades that you could place with your broker. One type of trade that you could place is a market order. With a market order, you place a trade and then it is processed at the current market price. This is the fastest way to get a trade placed into the market. Another type of order is an entry order. With an entry order, you set a specific price that you want to get into the market at. Then when the market price gets to that point, the order is filled.

A stop loss order is another type of order that you could place in Forex. With a stop loss order, you place a limit on the price that you are willing to close out an order if it moves against you. With a stop loss order, you can limit the amount of money that you lose on a particular trade once you are already in it.

The take profit order is another order that you can place for trades that are already open. With this type of order, you specify at which point the order should be close out once it is in profit. This makes it so that you can make money on a trade without actually being there to close it out.

Forex Spreads

When trading, you also need to understand how spreads work. When you are about to place a trade, next to the name of the currency pair, you will see two prices. The first price is known as the bid price. The second price is known as the ask price. The bid is what buyers are actually willing to pay for a currency pair. The ask is what sellers are able to sell a currency pair at.

The difference between the two is known as the spread. When you place a trade, the spread is the amount that you will have to pay in transaction costs.

In the Forex market, there are actually different types of spreads that you can be subjected to. Some brokers have variable spreads while others have fixed spreads. With a fixed spread, the spread does not change even as conditions in the market fluctuate. With a variable spread, the currency pair spread can change based on market conditions. In volatile times, the spread may increase quite a bit.

Placing Trades

Once you are ready to start trading in the Forex market, you need understand how the actual trades work. The Forex market takes place almost completely online. Brokers gain access to the market through their liquidity providers, and use automated exchange systems to place orders. When you open an account with a Forex broker, you will typically download a piece of trading software to your computer.

 Then when you want to place a trade, you can do so directly from your trading platform without having to contact your broker. In some cases, you will have to download a platform, but you can instead access the market through a Web interface.

Most trading platforms offer a few different ways to place trades. One of the most common ways to trade is to trade directly from the price chart. When you are looking at a price chart and you see an opportunity to trade, you can usually right-click on the chart and select the order tab. This will bring up an interface that allows you to choose what type of order you want and you can specify take profit or stop loss levels.

Your trading platform will also usually allow you to click on an order button at the top of the screen. Usually, in the top left section of the screen, you can click on a "Buy" or "Sell" button to immediately place an order on a currency pair.

After you have placed a trade, you can close it out with the click of a button. At that point, the broker will settle the trade and put the appropriate amount of money into your account or take some out, based on the results of the trade.


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