Foreign Exchange Market


Currency trading is one of the most attractive markets for both new and experienced traders. Basically, the Forex market is where banks, businesses, governments, investors and traders come to exchange and speculate on currencies. The Forex market is also referred to as the �Fx market', �Currency market', �Foreign exchange currency market' or �Foreign currency market', and it is the largest and most liquid market in the world with an average daily turnover of $3.98 trillion.

In forex trading, exotic pairs include the less traded currency pairs that include a major currency paired with the currency of a smaller or emerging economy. These pairs usually have less volatility, less liquidity and do not present the dynamic behavior of major pairs and crosses.

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Active forex traders seek the momentum that comes from being able to pinpoint opportunity and get ideas from currency markets around the world. With thinkorswim, you can access global forex charting packages, currency trading maps, global news squawks, and real-time breaking news from CNBC International, all from one integrated platform.

Actually, there are three ways in which individuals, corporate and institutions trade Forex - the spot market, the forwards market and the futures market. The spot market witnesses the largest quantum of trades - that is because both the futures and forward markets are based on the underlying real asset i.e. the spot market. However, this was not always the case. The futures market was more favored in the past because it was available for a longer period of time for individual investors. But, now with electronic trading, the spot market surpasses all others. However, companies and institutions prefer the futures and forward markets more than individual investors, as they need to hedge their foreign exchange risks.

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