It seems that recently almost everyone has started trading Forex. Why has it suddenly gained in popularity and what does it offer that trading stocks, options, and futures doesn't?
One reason for the sudden burst of interest is the fact that Forex has only recently become accessible to the lay trader thanks to a number of user friendly online platforms. Before these were made available to the public, Forex trading was done almost exclusively by large banks and institutions. While some traders have looked into Forex for the sheer novelty of it there are several very good reasons why traders are suddenly flocking to the Forex market.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Forex market is that it is running around the clock. While there are busier and slower periods in the marker it essentially runs 24 hours a day. From 5pm Sunday EST the market starts its week beginning with action taking place in the markets in Australia and Asia and moving to Europe and then America as the day goes on. With the market running throughout the day you can trade part time in the evenings or whenever you find the time and still manage to turn a nice profit. Trading Forex also allows you the freedom to work from anywhere that you have a computer and an internet connection.
Another great thing about Forex is that most of the brokers do not charge additional fees for online or phone trades and the cost of forex trading is substantially less than in other markets.
Many who trade Forex also enjoy the high margins which are made available to traders. This allows even smaller traders the opportunity to make quite a substantial amount of money. The most common margins offers are 50, 100, 150 with some brokers offering up to 200 to 1 on trades. While some may be frightened by amount of leverage offered it is necessary in the Forex market where the major currencies are moving less than 1% whereas stocks can easily move as much as 10%.
While at first the sudden interest in Forex may seem unusual there are several very good reasons why most traders would do well to look into the market and learn more about how to trade forex.