The currency exchange rate is the rate at which one currency can be exchanged for another. It is always quoted in pairs like the EUR/USD (the Euro and the US Dollar). Exchange rates fluctuate based on economic factors like inflation, industrial production and geopolitical events. These factors will influence whether you buy or sell a currency pair. FOREX is a somewhat unique market for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is one of the few markets in which it can be said with very few qualifications that it is free of external controls and that it cannot be manipulated. It is also the largest liquid financial market, with trade reaching between 1 and 1.5 trillion US dollars a day. With this much money moving this fast, it is clear why a single investor would find it near impossible to significantly affect the price of a major currency. Furthermore, the liquidity of the market means that unlike some rarely traded stock, traders are able to open and close positions within a few seconds as there are always willing buyers and sellers.
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This is true for standard pricing, where you pay per trade. And it remains the case as you advance into volume-based plans that offer the best prices for the most active traders. Forex trading isn't easy, but with a lot of studying and hard work, you can become a successful trader.
Actually, there are three ways in which individuals, corporate and institutions trade Forex - the spot market, the forwards market and the futures market. The spot market witnesses the largest quantum of trades - that is because both the futures and forward markets are based on the underlying real asset i.e. the spot market. However, this was not always the case. The futures market was more favored in the past because it was available for a longer period of time for individual investors. But, now with electronic trading, the spot market surpasses all others. However, companies and institutions prefer the futures and forward markets more than individual investors, as they need to hedge their foreign exchange risks.
On average the Forex market is available for trading 24 hours a day along with 5 1/2 days per week. It should also be noted that most veteran day traders understand that there are more profitable trades conducted when market activity is high during working hours. In other words it is possible to trade at any time of the day, late at night even, but it might not necessarily be the most profitable time due to light activity.