FOREX Trading Facts
Trading foreign currencies is a challenging
and potentially profitable opportunity
for educated and experienced investors.
Whenever we consider it to invest our money somewhere, we have to consider the risk involved in the investment.
We can take the following guideline as a rule to follow:
The higher the potential income, the higher the risk
and on the opposite side of the investment spectrum
the lower the risk, the lower the potential income.
The implication is:
If you cannot afford to take a risk (due to age, lack of money or other considerations), stay away from any type of investment where the risk may be too high for you. Unfortunately you will have to be comfortable with a very low income.
On the other hand: If you are aiming for high returns and are willing to take a risk, do not cry or complain if you lose some (or even all) of your money!
As a rule we never trade with money we cannot afford to lose!
The following picture will give you an idea of the risk involved in different types of investments:
You can clearly see that investments on the stock exchange and forex are regarded by many people as investments where there is a lot of risk involved.
However, due to the potential of a high income, people are willing to accept the risk that is involved in investing in stocks and forex.
Which is the best - investing in stocks or forex?
You will find that people who are involved in trading in the stock exchange will tell you: Stay away from forex, it is too risky.
I have been trading forex since 2002 and in my opinion forex trading is much safer than trading stocks and is therefore a much better investment opportunity.
Let's do a comparison:
Stocks: The duration of a transaction for the normal person may be days, weeks and months in order to make a profit.
Forex: The duration of a transaction can be measured in minutes and hours to make a profit. I have done successful trades in less than 40 seconds from start to finish. Quick trades like this is called scalping.
Stocks: A stock exchange is only active during office hours, and if a problem appears after hours, you will have to wait for the next day to contact your broker.
Forex: The forex markets are active 24 hours per day, and you can trade any time of the day or night. If you hear something late at night on the tv or radio, you can log into your trading account and use the opportunity to make a profit.
Stocks: You trade mainly in one direction (when the graphs are moving upwards). When they are moving downwards, you are losing money.
Forex: You can trade up and down, and can make money in any direction as long as you are trading in the direction the market is moving.
Stocks: You can only convert your shares to money if there is somebody who is willing to buy it from you. Most other people will only buy when they think they are buying a bargain. It can therefore be difficult to convert you shares back to money at the time and moment you need it most.
Forex: The product we buy and sell is money. All people need money. I have never had a problem to get out of a trade and get my money back into my account.
Stocks: You use costly software and must pay for delayed data. Working on outdated data is very risky.
Forex: Most companies make the software available for free. The data feed is also available for free and is up to date.
The end result of this is that you can make so much more profit on forex as compared to trading on stocks in any period of time!
I'd like to share an example to illustrate my point:
The following headings appeared recently in the newspapers - (May 2012)
JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, announced on May 10th
that in the past six weeks, they had suffered a
billion trading loss on a complex derivatives portfolio that
was initially designed to reduce risk. Typically known for a conservative
approach to investing, this mistake has cost the bank nearly 10% of its
In the Forex market, traders can take control of their trades without using a middleman.
Forex traders can also determine their own risks and gain their own rewards
It is important to understand:
You can control the risk when trading in the forex markets.
In my opinion:
is a fantastic opportunity
for the careful and skilled trader.
It is an unfortunate fact that the majority of stock, futures and forex self-traders are losing their money.
Why? Because most people don’t have :
Therefore, if you want to trade, it is of the utmost importance to see to it that
you will get the best training possible.
You really do have a choice.
The easy decision is to stay where you are and go with the flow.
The only problem is that you may find yourself in the same position
ten years from now.
The smart decision?
about your future ...
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and the risks associated with trading.
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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 cannot afford to lose. You should be aware of all the risks associated with foreign exchange trading, and seek advice from an independent financial advisor if you have any doubts.
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