Participating in Foreign Money Exchange
Foreign money exchange is the exchange of one currency to another. The currency exchange market where currencies are traded globally twenty four hours a day is called the foreign exchange market, also known as forex market or the foreign money exchange. The forex market is the largest market in the world and trillion dollars are being traded in the market everyday. Foreign exchange market is also called FX, Spot FX or currency market.
Before, foreign money exchange is participated only by big companies and banks but with the advent of internet, the average Joe can participate in the forex market in the present age. In forex, the trading of currencies is done over-the-counter wherein the participants exchange currencies virtually. That means participants don’t literally trade money physically or through bank accounts.
The process of trading currencies is done by opening an account with an FX dealer who is also called as a market marker. It is the market marker who charge spreads in the market. A spread is the difference between the buying and selling price of a currency and this is how market markers earn money. Dealers are also called brokers but they are not really brokers at all since they charge spreads, not commissions. Unlike what happens in the stock market, the stock market participant acquires a commission to buy from the stock broker, a spread value from the market marker and then a commission to sell from the stock broker: meaning there are three fees in buying and selling stocks. In forex market, however, there are no commissions and the spread is less than the spreads in the stock market. When one is interested in participating in the forex market, he should ensure that he opens an account with a market marker that is well-regulated and well-capitalized.
Currencies are traded by pairs. Forex trading is done by buying one currency and selling another. The two currencies involved are called the base currency and the counter currency. The base currency is the currency bought by an amount of the counter currency. To explain this process further, a participant buys the base currency in exchange with the counter currency. These currencies are being exchanged through the market markers in the interbank market. The market markers set the spreads to charge based on the buying and selling cost status of a currency versus another currency.
Several individuals are starting to be interested in the forex market and consequently the forex market grows larger and larger rapidly. Before one decides to participate and begin trading in the market, he should make sure that he chooses a broker or dealer that meets definite criteria and finds the best strategy in foreign money exchange.
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