Many professional Forex traders use the short-term interest rates (set by the countries’ central banks) as one the main factors in the medium- and long-term trading decisions. The currency pairs consist of two currencies and each of them is associated with the FX interest rate set by the central bank of the issuing country (or monetary union for the euro). The higher is the interest rate the more attractive is the currency as the Forex traders may get the leveraged gain on this rate. The lower is the interest rate – the less attractive the currency is for buyers but the more it’s being lent by the traders and investors in order to exchange into higher yielding currencies and assets.
It’s very important to know the actual values of the global Forex interest rates and also to know about the latest changes in them. For the long-term Forex traders this information will help to make the right trading decisions and manage their position portfolio properly, while for the short-term Forex traders this info is a good opportunity to trade on Forex news. News on interest rate changes boost market volatility allowing more intraday breakout and scalping trading opportunities.
Understanding the Forex Market
Understanding the Forex Market Trading
The activity of foreign exchange to pay for a business has been commonly done. If you are travelling abroad, you will of course need to exchange your money with the currency of the country you are going to. Or a traveler’s check can be another solution when you need to pay for a transaction abroad. When you are doing all these, you already engaged in foreign exchange, but it is NOT the kinds of activity happened in the Forex market. In the Forex market, the traders are trading foreign exchange in which the main purpose is 100% to make a profit from certain currency being traded for another currency.
Forex market trading is done all over the world 24 hours a day and 5 days a week by dealers at major banks or forex brokerage companies. Before the development of online trading, the market is dominated by banks, major currency dealers and large speculators. But now, thanks to the internet, small traders are also able to take part in the Forex market. The larger sized inter-bank units are broken down into small units by Foreign exchange market brokers so that it is affordable for individual traders to buy or sell the units. This way, the brokers give the opportunity for any traders to take position in the market at the same rates and price movements as the big players who once dominated the market. The traders can also have an overnight position without waiting for the opening market because the market itself runs 24 hours a day. Trading in Forex market moves from major banking centers of the U.S. to Australia and New Zealand, to the Far East, to Europe and finally back to the U.S., so that the currency trading is not centered on an exchange. This is where the difference from the futures and stock markets lied down.
Unlike the stock market, the price movements on the forex market trading are relatively very smooth. It is because the market is 24 hours-open non stop in which the trade can be continuously executed so that there is no gaps occurred. Even on September 11, 2001, the forex market was still open. The danger in which an investor is not able to enter and exit positions whenever they want is eliminated because the Forex market’s daily turnover reaches a fantastic number around $1.2 trillion.