Forex Trading: Its Benefits and Risks

Forex is short for foreign exchange and it is one of the world’s leading ways to do trading in the world. This is done by exchanging one currency to another in a marketplace. This market is considered to be the largest and most liquid in the world. It is liquid in the sense that there is no physical place where people can do the exchange of hands. It is rather done in an electric network of different traders, banks, and brokers. This industry is estimated to be worth trillions and you can surely have your own slice of this if you learn the basics and actively participate in the trading yourself. Before you can even deal with the market, you have to learn its benefits that are attracting thousands of people each year, and the risks, which are making people hesitant to do forex trading themselves. 

How Does it Work

The forex market is open like any normal business which is five times a week, but they run for 24 hours non stop. The market is closed on most holidays too unless there are exceptions and the market decides to open. The network of institutions involved decides if they want to exchange currencies, especially if a particular market or country is not affected by the holiday of another. A trader will have to first open an account and from this, he can buy and sell currencies and from the difference in price, the profit will come. It can also be a loss if there is a shift in the worth of its currency. It’s not just people who participate in this financial market, but businesses and whole countries too. It wouldn’t take much capital in order to get into the market. You could already be participating in it without you knowing. For example, when you exchange your money for a country’s currency when you travel overseas, you are already a participant in the global foreign exchange market.

The basics of the exchange start in determining the pair and quote in which you determine the currency pairs and their relative amount against each other. In learning the technicalities, you have to know the codes used for each of the currencies. The market price is determined in order to know how much it would take for the second currency to buy one from its pair. There are different kinds of pairs which are mostly categorized in major, minor, exotics, and regional pairs. Strategic rate prediction and taking advantage of price movements in the market will determine if you made a profit or if you had a loss. 

The Benefits

Since the foreign exchange market is open 24 hours, once the benefit is that you are not limited in terms of time and availability most days of the week. You are not limited in a time frame and you can participate whatever your timezone is. Another is the ability to either go long by buying a pair if the base currency is going to increase against the quote currency or selling the pair if the base will decrease in value against the quote currency is going short. It is possible to earn either way if you get your prediction right in where the market will move. The high liquidity of the market is also advantageous, especially in forex trading for beginners since there are a large number of buyers and sellers that are looking to trade any time they have an opportunity. Transactions can also be completed quickly and easily wherein the costs are often very low. It doesn’t take as much money to start trading compared to other types. It is also perfect for you if you are only a short term trader since there is greater volatility in this market. You can certainly fulfill your financial goals through this type of trading. 

The Risks

One of the risks you can face is the lack of transparency in terms of knowing the exact details of how your order will be fulfilled and possibly end up not getting the best price. This can certainly be avoided if you only deal with regulated brokers. Another is its nature to have a very complex price determinations process because there are multiple factors affecting it including global politics and economics. It is important that you are aware and that you can analyze a situation to make informed conclusions. Lastly, if you want to enter this market, you would have to do it mostly by yourself. The key to doing this is having self-directed learning and discipline as you continue with this career. 


The potential in the foreign exchange market is evident in its worth being trillions. More and more people are getting attracted to learn this trading and participate in the market. There certainly is a lot of advantages and opportunities to earn to meet the financial goals you set for your future.

Buddy Karimi

Buddy is a business journalist with a focus on technology and innovation. With over 10 years of experience reporting on the latest business trends, Buddy has a reputation for being a well-informed, in-depth and analytical journalist. He has a keen understanding of the intersection between technology and business, and is able to explain the impact of emerging technologies on various industries. Buddy has interviewed some of the most influential leaders in the tech industry and has covered major tech events such as CES and SXSW. He is also a regular contributor to business publications and has won several awards for his work.