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What is Forex Trading?

Forex trading is the act of buying or selling currencies. Banks, central banks, corporations, institutional investors and individual traders exchange foreign currency for a variety of reasons, including balancing the markets, facilitating international trade and tourism, and making a profit.

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Trading of currency pairs are conducted in the foreign exchange market, also known as the forex market. It is the largest and most liquid market in the financial world. This market allows for the buying, selling, exchanging and speculation of currencies. It also enables conversion of currencies for international trade and investment. The forex market is open 24 hours a day, five days a week (except holidays), and sees a huge amount of trading.

What is Forex Trading?

A currency pair is the quotation of two different currencies, with the value of one currency being quoted against the other. The first listed currency of a currency pair is called the base currency, and the second currency is called the quote currency.

Currency pairs compare the value of one currency to another—the base currency (or the first one) versus the second, or the quote currency. It indicates how much of the quote currency is needed to purchase one unit of the base currency.

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Metal

Metals trading usually involve trading gold and silver. Metals trading is closely related to the outlook for the overall global economy and major currencies.

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Gold and silver provide an exciting trading opportunity for all traders, whether you’re looking for short-term speculation or a long-term investment. Due to their intrinsic value, metals are safe haven investments in times of financial storms and a good asset for portfolio diversification.

Why Trade Gold?

Gold is the most actively traded of all metals. Its unique properties of durability, malleability and conductivity make it a very desirable and in-demand. Like most commodities, the price of gold is shaped by market forces of supply and demand. Couple the high demand for gold with a limited supply, and you have all the ingredients for a sought-after commodity that keeps its value over long periods of time.

Based on these characteristics, gold is often preferred by traders who are looking for a long- term investment. You can look for bullish or bearing markets, and price trends and reversals can be determined along with equity indices. For instance, a strong stock market is usually reflective of strong economic conditions, and thus weaker demand for gold as an investment. A bearish market, on the other hand, is indicative of weaker fundamentals and can make investors seek gold as a safe holding.

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Index CFDs

Index CFD trading provides a great way to speculate on the performance of each overall stock market, as opposed to selecting individual stocks and shares. In fact, index CFDs are often viewed as being less of a risk than trading individual stocks, as you are spreading your risk across the whole market rather than on a single company. This allows for diversified exposure as most of the factors that affect individual companies are taken out of the equation

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By taking a CFD position, a trader is essentially agreeing to exchange the difference in price of an index from one time period to another. Index CFDs are available to cover all the key indices around the world, which allows the trader in one country to take part in the world markets. In addition to the UK and US markets, CFDs cover the Aussie 200, the far Eastern markets, the German DAX and many others.

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Stock CFD

Capital market shares of listed companies are traded through major stock exchanges with primary Buy option. Take advantage of shares trading by trading Stock CFDs. Trading stock CFDs contracts allows users go short or long to benefit from rising and falling prices, respectively.

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Stock CFD trading is very similar to shares trading except that when you trade a contract for difference you don’t own the underlying share. Unlike investing in stocks, when you trade stock CFDs, you are not buying or trading the underlying asset. What you are buying is a contract between yourself and the CFD provider.