Forex 101: Definition & General Characteristics

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Published on March 4, 2014

Author: richardbroomstick



Quick presentation about the Forex market and its general characteristics.

What is Forex? By: Email:

Definition  Forex refers to the global decentralized market for trading foreign exchange currencies.  It’s the largest and more liquid financial market in the world worth a staggering $5 trillion USD/day.

Forex is Decentralized  There is no central exchange to go and trade currencies.  There is no clearing house.  Investors trade directly with each other using the internet, dealers and other third parties.

Forex is 24 hours  24 hours a day except weekends.  From 22:00 GMT on Sunday (Australia Open) until 22:00 GMT Friday (New York Close)

Forex is Regulated  There are several independent and governmental bodies around the world that oversee the currency market.  Their main task is to protect investors for fraudulent activities and ensure market transparency by enforcing the law.  There is a Forex regulator in almost every country.

High Liquidity A few reasons why Forex is the most liquid market in the world:  Highly valuable asset class.  Globalize market.  Key player involved.  Large trading volumes.

Key Players  Governments  Central Banks  Hedge Funds  Large corporation  Brokers

Top 10 currency traders (2013)  Deutsche Bank  Citi  Barclays  UBS  HSBC  JPMorgan  RBS  Credit Suisse  Morgan Stanley  BOA

Retail Forex Trading  The retail Forex trading is only 5% of the overall market.  It is estimated at $50 - $100 billion in daily volume.  It’s the fastest growing segment of the market the last few years.

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