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Forex is a term that stands for "foreign exchange". Forex markets are beehives of trade activity that can be found in major cities across the world. To be a forex trader, one must be strong, patient, aggressive and quick thinking. It is also essential to have a comprehensive understanding of forex markets, and trade in general.
There are several ways to learn the ins and outs of forex markets. Full-time educational programs are the best way to obtain the detailed knowledge that is required to succeed as a forex trader. Instructional books and tutorials are another option, however it is extremely time consuming for students to pore over page upon page of information. One of the most interesting and effective ways to learn about forex markets is by working in a forex trading firm or brokerage.
It's not easy to learn about forex markets, regardless of which method you choose. You'll be dealing in the world's largest market where trade is conducted around the clock in real time. There is no centralized trading post or centralized governing body. The entire forex trade is seamless, and works across time zones and within countries around the world.
Ninety-five percent of the forex trade is speculative in nature, and carried out by traders who want to make a profit by trading in foreign currency. The remaining five per cent is conducted by nations using foreign currency to buy or sell goods and services.
The most important forex markets are found in Tokyo, New York in London. The most traded currencies, the Japanese Yen, U.S. Dollar, Euro, British Pound and Swiss Franc are all traded in pairs. For example, the pair EUR/USD indicates that the trader is buying Euros and selling US Dollars. In this example the trader likely anticipates the Euro to gain value over the U.S. Dollar. If the Euro escalates against the Dollar, the trader will make a profit. However, if the value of the Euro falls, the trader will lose money.
The true skill of a trader is tested in the fast decisions that must be made. Forex markets operate in real time, so decisions must be made instantly. Even the smallest delay can reduce profit margins or increase losses. Some traders rely on instinct and experience to stay alive in the forex markets. Most traders, however, choose to fall back on their understanding of market movements and market analysis before coming to trading conclusions.
If you live for excitement and love to test your skills, consider a job trading in the forex markets. You can bet you've never had a job quite like it.
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