The first edition of "Currency Trading for Dummies' was published in 2007 and with the intervening four years, a roller coaster ride for investors, this new second edition can not come at a more convenient time. The 2007 version had two authors, Brian Dolan and Mark Galant, now Dolan remains as the sole author. The book retains its basic structure and accessible format; instructive, approachable, easy to read with a thorough index keyed to what the reader might be looking for. Some subsections have been pushed forward into other chapters and, more importantly, data on currency is updated and some explanations and examples have been brought current in referring to the events of 2008 - 2010. This is a fine and important addition to any investor's library written by experienced knowledgeable traders.
Forex For Beginners is the prequel to my first two books, A Three Dimensional Approach to Forex Trading, and A Complete Guide to Volume Price Analysis. It is your primer to the world of forex. It has been written to lay the foundations and provide the framework for getting started in the world of forex, in what I believe is the correct way. My other books then build on what you will learn here, to further develop your trading skills and knowledge.
When trading Forex, you'll see that both 'Bid' and 'Ask' prices are quoted. The bid price is the price at which you can buy the currency, while the ask price is the price at which you can sell it. If you are purchasing a currency in a trade, this is known as a long trade, and the hope is that the currency pair will increase in value, so that you can sell it at a higher price and make a profit on the difference.
This information can then allow traders to make judgements regarding a currency pair's price movement. For example, if a Japanese candlestick closes near the highest price for the period, that would imply that there is a strong interest on the part of buyers for this currency pair during that time period. A trader might then decide to open a long trade to take advantage of that interest.
Leveraged trading in foreign currency or off-exchange products on margin carries significant risk and may not be suitable for all investors. We advise you to carefully consider whether trading is appropriate for you based on your personal circumstances. Forex trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits. We recommend that you seek independent advice and ensure you fully understand the risks involved before trading.
Define your investment level: One of the most common questions about trading Forex is 'how much do I need to start trading?' For beginner traders, it's a good idea to start small and work your way up. Fortunately, many Forex brokers have reasonable minimum deposit levels for opening an account. At Admiral Markets for example, the minimum deposit amount is $200. Be wary of any brokers offering bonuses for certain deposit levels, as these might be scams, where it is very difficult to withdraw your money in the future.
Since the market is made by each of the participating banks providing offers and bids for a particular currency, the market pricing mechanism is based on supply and demand. Because there are such large trade flows within the system, it is difficult for rogue traders to influence the price of a currency. This system helps create transparency in the market for investors with access to interbank dealing.
When you take a look through the possible currency pairings available at any Forex Broker you will find a figure presented as a percentage. So for example if the pairing you have chosen to base your Forex trade around has a payout percentage of let’s say 81%, then if your chosen currency increases in value at the expiry time of your trade for every 100.00 you have placed on that trade you will be paid out 181.00.
Trading forex can be an ultimately rewarding experience, but you must learn the ins and outs first. There is a lot of risk involved and this most definitely outweighs the returns for those who jump the gun and start trading without being fully prepared. Take the time to work on your education - it’s the most important aspect of forex trading. Knowledge is power, and that power will enable you to make logical decisions and continue trading long past the time when a lot of players have gone bust.