Currency trading is one of the most attractive markets for both new and experienced traders. A broad range of tradable currency pairs, accessible from your single account, means you need never miss an opportunity. Concentrate your trading activity during the trading hours for the three largest Market Centers: London, New_York, and Tokyo. One week later the EURO has fallen against the US Dollar to 1.32128/1.32129, you decide to take your profit by buying back 2 standard lots at 1.32129.
Because our high school goes up to Grade 14! That's how Forex Gump , a former senior macroeconomics professor at Pipvard University and now a blogger of all things related to economics, likes it. Forex trading is the buying of one currency (the base) and selling of another (the quote). You predict if the base will strengthen or weaken against the quote, which determines whether you will profit or lose.
Since 2007, the occurrence of shops vanishing with clients funds has become very rare. Over the last few years, Forex brokers mainly have been acquired by others, or the shops of the shutdown have been futures brokers whose clients were also able to trade Forex futures but not spot Forex such as MF Global.
Banks - The interbank market allows for both the majority of commercial Forex transactions and large amounts of speculative trading each day. Some large banks will trade billions of dollars, daily. Sometimes this trading is done on behalf of customers, however much is done by proprietary traders who are trading for the bank's own account.
Actually, the daily volume of the FOREX is triple the size of all other investment markets combined! Brokers offer variable spreads which means that the spreads are subject to current market conditions. Forex trading is in essence trading currencies for one another. As such, an XM client sells one currency against another at a current market rate.