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Forex: Benefits of
Trading the Forex Market

 by: Raul Lopez

Trading the Forex market has become very popular in the last years. Why
is it that traders around the world see the Forex market as an investment
opportunity? We will try to answer this question in this article. Also we
will discuss come differences between the Forex market, the stocks market
and the futures market.

Some of the benefits of trading the Forex market are:

Superior liquidity.

Liquidity is what really makes the Forex market different from other
markets. The Forex market is by far the most liquid financial market in
the world with nearly 2 trillion dollars traded everyday. This ensures
price stability and better trade execution. Allowing traders to open and
close transactions with ease. Also such a tremendous volume makes it hard
to manipulate the market in an extended manner.

24hr Market.

This one is also one of the greatest advantages of trading Forex. It is
an around the click market, the market opens on Sunday at 3:00 pm EST when
New Zealand begins operations, and closes on Friday at 5:00 pm EST when
San Francisco terminates operations. There are transactions in practically
every time zone, allowing active traders to choose at what time to trade.

Leverage trading.

Trading the Forex Market offers a greater buying power than many other
markets. Some Forex brokers offer leverage up to 400:1, allowing traders
to have only 0.25% in margin of the total investment. For instance, a
trader using 100:1 means that to have a US$100,000 position, only US$1,000
are needed on margin to be able to open that position.

Low Transaction costs.

Almost all brokers offer commission free trading. The only cost traders
incur in any transaction is the spread (difference between the buy and
sell price of each currency pair). This spread could be as low as 1 pip
(the minimum increment in any currency pair) in some pairs.

Low minimum investment.

The Forex market requires less capital to start trading than any other
markets. The initial investment could go as low as $300 USD, depending on
leverage offered by the broker. This is a great advantage since Forex
traders are able to keep their risk investment to the lowest level.

Specialized trading.

The liquidity of the market allows us to focus on just a few
instruments (or currency pairs) as our main investments (85% of all
trading transactions are made on the seven major currencies). Allowing us
to monitor, and at the end get to know each instrument better.

Trading from anywhere.

If you do a lot of traveling, you can trade from anywhere in the world
just having an internet connection.

Some of the most important differences between the Forex market and
other markets are explained below.

Forex market vs. Equity markets


FX market: Near two trillion dollars of daily volume.

Equity market: Around 200 billion on a daily basis.

Trading hours

FX market: 24hr market, 5.5 days a week.

Equity market: Monday through Friday from 8:30 EST to 5:00 EST.

Profit potential

FX market: In both, rising and falling markets.

Equity market: Most traders/investor profit only from rising markets.

Transaction costs

FX market: Commission free and tight spreads.

Equity market: High Commissions and transaction fees.

Buying power

FX market: Leverage up to 400:1.

Equity market: Leverage from 2:1 to 4:1.


FX market: most volume (85%) is made on major currencies (USD, EUR, JPY,

Equity market: More than 40,000 stocks to choose from.

Forex market vs. Futures market


FX Market: Near two trillion dollars of daily volume.

Futures market: Around 400 billion dollars on a daily basis.

Transaction costs

FX market: Commission free and tight spreads.

Futures market: High commissions fees.


FX market: Fixed rate of margin on every position.

Futures market: Different levels of margin on overnight positions than
day time positions.

Trade execution

FX market: Instantaneous execution.

Futures market: Inconsistent execution.

All this makes the Forex market very attractive to investors and
traders. But I need to make something clear, although the benefits of
trading the Forex market are notorious; it is still difficult to make a
successful career trading the Forex market. It requires a lot of
education, discipline, commitment and patience, as any other market.