What is Foreign Exchange Market?
The foreign exchange market or forex simply refers to making big money. This market is concerned with trading one type of currency for the other. You spend one type of currency to buy another. You need to invest some amount of money in your base currency. You can then use this currency to exchange with others and hence the name foreign exchange.
Ordinary trading deals with goods. You exchange goods for money. Foreign Exchange market deals with currencies. You exchange once foreign currency for the other. You won't have any commission based buying or selling. You sell a currency to buy another currency. You gain profit depending on the difference of value between the currencies. Putting it straight foreign exchange is trading related to currency conversion.
Foreign currency exchange is the largest and the most profitable financial market in the world. The trading is done between large banks, governments, great financial institutions and multinational companies. The foreign currency exchange business was not open to the public initially. But after 1998, many individuals started getting into this business. Nowadays, many intelligent people are making huge money with foreign currency exchange. The foreign currency exchange market has no business hours like stock market. The trading is open round the clock on all days except weak ends.
Foreign currency exchange quote always comes in pairs. The quote will be something like EUR/USD. The first part is the base currency and the second part is the counter currency. It means that you are exchanging the foreign currency Euro with US Dollars. You can purchase this quote when the value of Euro is expected to increase the value of USD. The changing currency exchange rates provide you the opportunity to get a profit bigger than the initial invested money.
The value of the currency you hold remains the same in the foreign exchange market. The amount of the currency you hold depends on the foreign exchange rate. When you have 20 Canadian dollars and if the exchange rate is 2 Canadian dollars for 1 US dollars, then you will sell the 20 Canadian dollars to buy 10 US dollars through foreign exchange. This is how buying and selling happens.
The market is very huge that $3 trillion are exchanged everyday. The number does not refer to the money value but the amount of currencies. Anybody can get involve in forex trading but you need to know the ins and outs to make profits. The profit is not based on commission of transactions. It is based on the currency exchange rates.
Individuals can enter into the foreign exchange market through the brokers. You must carefully choose your broker. You have to choose a company which has been in the market for quite a long time. Don't take heavy risks by associating with a company that has newly entered into the market. With internet online currency conversion has become easier. While trading you have to purchase only when if the currency is expected to increase in value. On the whole foreign currency exchange market runs purely on speculation.