Forex (FX) is the market in which currencies are traded. The forex market is the largest, most liquid market in the world, with average traded values that can be trillions of dollars per day. It includes all of the currencies in the world. It is estimated that in the UK, 14% of currency transfers/payments are made via Foreign Exchange Companies. 70 These companies' selling point is usually that they will offer better exchange rates or cheaper payments than the customer's bank. 71 These companies differ from Money Transfer/Remittance Companies in that they generally offer higher-value services. The volume of transactions done through Foreign Exchange Companies in India amounts to about USD 2 billion 72 per day This does not compete favorably with any well developed foreign exchange market of international repute, but with the entry of online Foreign Exchange Companies the market is steadily growing Around 25% of currency transfers/payments in India are made via non-bank Foreign Exchange Companies. 73 Most of these companies use the USP of better exchange rates than the banks. They are regulated by FEDAI and any transaction in foreign Exchange is governed by the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA).
I am on the lookout for short-to-medium term bullish price patterns to form on the GBP/USD and other GBP pairs in the coming days. Currently, the cable is stuck within its wide 1.20-1.27 range. But is in the upper half and above the now rising 50-day moving averages. A couple of higher lows have now been formed.
Opportunities for speculation were limited by the Bretton Woods agreement in 1944 to peg exchange rates to the gold price. In the early 1970s, this accord broke down, exchange rates began to fluctuate more widely and globalisation created more underlying demand for foreign exchange.
Yes, you can go out right now and open an account with a Forex broker, deposit some funds and then start trading Forex in five minutes. If you've traded Forex before, you'll appreciate that it's not something that you can master overnight. Sure, you may have put on a few brilliant trades last night, but unless you're some kind of market wizard prodigy (and we all have kidded ourselves that we are at some time or the other), you won't be making money with Forex consistently in the long run without a lot of time and experience in the markets.
Among Forex pairs, there are majors and exotics. There are several definitions of major pairs but the consensus states 6 or 7 pairs. The major currency pairs are those in which the trading volume if the highest. In fact, over 80% of the entire volume of the market takes place among these pairs so they are the most liquid and the least susceptible to market manipulation or outside factors.