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Trade Forex with the Pros
To trade forex is to buy one currency and to sell another currency simultaneously. The forex market is the largest market in the world trading more than three trillion dollars every day. Forex trading is considered speculative meaning that only a low percentage of market activity represents companies’ and governments’ currency conversion needs. Forex currency trading is also highly liquid which helps to ensure narrow spreads and price stability. When investors trade currency, each currency works against the other. This is due to the constant fluctuation of the market and as a result it provides numerous trading opportunities.
In order to trade forex with the pros, you need to understand the terms associated with forex currency trading, also referred to as foreign currency trading. You will need to understand what a bid and an ask are. The bid is the price that you can sell currency at, and the ask is the price that you can buy currency at. Another term that you should be familiar with is the term spread. The spread is the difference between the bid and the ask, or in other words, it is the difference between the price that you can sell forex currency at and the price that you can buy forex currency at. The second term that you should be familiar with is a pip. Pips are the smallest unit in which a cross price quote changes and is determined by comparing the bid and the ask price. To determine the pip when you trade forex, you have to know how many decimals a country’s currency is quoted at, and then you cancel out the zeros on the amount you trade. The most commonly traded foreign currencies are called the majors. There are five major currencies and they are listed below.