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by Bart Icles

The foreign exchange (forex) market is undoubtedly one of the most liquid financial markets in the world with a daily volume of more than 3 million U.S. dollars. Because of this very liquid nature of the forex market, a lot of people from all walks of life are being enticed to try their luck in forex trading, hoping to double, triple, and – if really lucky – exponentially grow their money through it. For some people, it can be a very lucrative venture. For majority, though, if not done correctly and wisely, it can result to insurmountable losses.

Since forex trading is speculative in nature, that is, a lot of its activities are largely based on guided speculations, there is only a low percentage of market activity that represent companies’ and governments’ fundamental currency conversion needs. This is the reason why if you are intending to do forex trading, you yourself should know everything about it.

To avoid the losses, you should be able to know all that you need to know about forex trading. The best approach to this is to ask for an experienced forex trader’s help in understanding the different areas that you need to know about the forex market, from the most basic down to the most complicated strategies that you can be able to employ when you finally venture out into forex trading yourself.

If you are a beginner in the forex trading world, here are some of the things that you definitely need to know about:

1. A pip (percentage in point) is the smallest price increment in a currency involved in the forex trading world. They are calculated per currency pair. For example, when you are trading US dollars/Swiss Francs with US dollars as the base currency, whenever it rises or falls, there will be a movement on pip values.

2. The major currencies being traded online are AUD, GBP, CHF, USD, JPY, EUR, and the CAD. Other currencies are considered minor currencies.

3. The first currency in the pair is called the base currency while the quote currency is the second currency pair. For example, in trading CAD/USD, CAD is the base currency while USD is the quote currency.

4. Transaction costs are often higher when trading cross currency. Cross currency is a pair that does not involve the USD. It requires more skills in knowledge when trading cross currency since it is more complicated.

These are basically the basics in forex trading. Of course, you should not be limiting your knowledge to these basics since the forex trading world is full of twists and turns that would require knowing different techniques and strategies.

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