All About Broker Forex Trading - Investment - Currency Trading


All About Broker Forex Trading   by Jason Hamilton

in Investment / Currency Trading    (submitted 2008-12-02)

Forex, also known as the Foreign Exchange Market (or the "FX" Market) is involved in the buying of currency while at the same time, selling of another currency. A broker is an agent who works in the role of an intermediary between the trader and the client. He or she is a shrewd negotiator when it comes to drawing up contracts for the sale of currencies. Broker Forex trading takes place in the Forex market which is the largest financial market in the world and boasts a daily turnover in the area of $1.2- 1.9 trillion USD.

The currencies utilized in broker Forex trading are always quoted and traded in pairs. The currency listed first is referred to as the base currency while the second one is known as the counter currency or quote currency. To use an example of broker Forex trading in pairs would be the US dollar traded with the Japanese yen (USD/JPY) or the Euro traded with the American dollar (EUR/USD).

It is in the wholesale market of broker Forex trading that currencies are referred to by using five important numbers and the last number (or placeholder) is given the name point or pip.

The broker Forex trading market has a great deal more buyers, sellers and daily volume turnover than does any other financial market on the globe. The Forex market is open 24-hours a day, six days a week with the first trading starting every day in Sydney, Australia. As the business day begins in other financial business sectors so does the trading. After Sydney, Singapore is next, then Tokyo, followed by London and New York City, which comprise the largest and most powerful financial centers in the world.

For example, at 5 PM on Sunday the broker Forex trading begins in both the cities of Sydney and Singapore, followed at 7 PM by Tokyo. Next to commence trading is the city of London, England at 2 AM and then New York City begins at 8 AM in the morning.