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Getting Into The Lucrative World Of Forex Trading
By Donald Saunders
For many years the foreign exchange market was the preserve of major players such as national banks and multi-national corporations. In the 1980s however new rules were introduced which permitted smaller investors to enter the market through a margin account. In simple terms, a margin account allows you to trade with more money than you actually have in your trading account. For example, a 100:1 margin account allows you to participate in trading up to $100,000 with an investment of only $1,000.

Now, although this entry level has opened up the market to the smaller investor, care needs to be taken as trading is not easy and is certainly not without its risks. For this reason the very first thing that any novice trader needs to do is to sit down, study the foreign exchange markets carefully and learn the ins and outs of trading before putting any money at risk.

In addition to some basic training, the newcomer will also need to find a good broker as all trading must be conducted through a broker. Here a personal recommendation is often the best place to start but, in the absence of this, you should choose a broker who is registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Futures Commission Merchant (FCM). This will provide you with protection against both abusive trade practices and fraud.

is normally a simple process to open an account with a broker and once this is done and funds are added to your account you can start trading. Brokers will normally offer a number of accounts to suit individual clients and most will have "mini" accounts which will allow you to begin trading with as little as $250. The margin on which you are permitted to trade will vary from one account to the next.

One thing that you should always look for when selecting a broker is the ability to cut your teeth by carrying out simulated, or paper, trades for a period of time. This is a facility which many good brokers will provide and which simply allows you to trade in the normal manner but to do so simply on paper and without any money changing hands until you have found your feet. Many online brokers provide simulated accounts allowing you to make free paper trades for up to 30 days.

One thing that worries newcomers is the subject of trading charges and brokerage fees. Unlike many other markets, the market is free of commission and so you can make as many trades as you like without worrying about running up huge brokerage fees. Your broker will make his profit from the 'spread' on each trade, which is the difference between the buying and selling price of a currency pair and is a subject all of its own.

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