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Currency Pairs

What is Forex?

The word forex came from the combination of the words foreign and exchange. Forex is the process of exchanging one currency for another and it is the largest market in the world with over $6.6 trillion in daily transactions as of 2019. Forex is used for purposes of commerce, tourism, and of course speculation. Fortunes have been made and lost in the forex markets and speculation continues to grow even today.

How does it work?

Forex trading occurs in the global forex market, where supply and demand determines the ever-changing value of each country’s currency relative to other countries. The liquidity is provided by the large global banks and there is no central market like there is with the New York Stock Exchange or the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Instead forex trading is conducted electronically over-the-counter. This trading occurs 24 hours a day and five-and-a-half days a week. Retail traders are able to gain access to this electronic market via brokers.

Popular currency pairs

Because nearly every country in the world has its own currency that can be paired with every other currency in the world, there are literally thousands of different pairs, but the vast majority of these are very lightly traded. In practice, there are just a handful of currency pairs that are extremely popular and for retail traders, forex brokers rarely offer more than several dozen pairs.

With the United States having the largest economy in the world and the U.S. dollar being the reserve currency of the world, it should come as no surprise that nearly all of the popular currency pairs include the U.S. dollar. Below are the most popular pairs and their weight in the market:

  • EUR/USD – 24.0%
  • USD/JPY – 13.2%
  • GBP/USD – 9.6%
  • AUD/USD – 5.4%
  • USD/CAD – 4.4%
  • USD/CNY – 4.1%

Why trade on currencies?

There’s a very good reason why the forex market is by far the largest market in the world. It allows everyone, from the central banks of the world to individual traders, to potentially benefit from the changes in the relative values of the world’s various currencies. And with so many different strategies for trading currencies it is a fit for every type of trading personality, from scalpers to long-term fundamental traders.

Individuals and organizations have different motivations for trading. Speculative trades are motivated by gains, but there are other reasons to be involved in the forex markets. Central banks use the forex markets as part of monetary policy and corporations trade as part of their global business operations, or to hedge risk. There are many “players’’ in the forex market and many reasons to get involved with forex trading.

Benefits and Risks

As with anything, there are both benefits and risks to trading in the currency markets. It’s up to each individual to decide whether the benefits outweigh the risks. Among the benefits of trading in currencies is the fact that the forex markets trade 24 hours a day and that the huge amounts of liquidity make it virtually impossible for any person or group to manipulate prices. It’s also beneficial that you can use leverage when trading in forex markets and that the transaction fees of trading are so low.

Those benefits are offset by the following potential risks in forex trading. The top risk is actually one of the benefits as well. That’s the leverage used in forex trading. While leverage can help magnify profits, it can equally magnify losses, and beginners are especially vulnerable to surprises delivered by the use of leverage. Other risks in the forex markets include the extreme volatility that is sometimes experienced due to geopolitical and economic surprises. There is also settlement risk and counter-party risks to be concerned with, although these rarely affect retail traders.

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