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WHAT IS FOREX ?

Forex, also known as foreign exchange or FX, is the simultaneous buying of one currency while selling another. The forex market is available 24 hours a day, five days a week and it’s one of the largest, most liquid financial markets in the world. Just to compare, the New York Stock Exchange makes about $169 billion a day in volume and the Forex Market makes over $5 trillion a day in volume.

HOW DOES FOREX TRADING WORK ?

Forex is traded in currency pairs. Common currency pairs are the Euro/US Dollar, US Dollar/Japanese Yen, Great British Pound/US Dollar, and US Dollar/Canadian Dollar. You buy one currency and automatically sell another.

WHAT ARE THE TRADING HOURS FOR THE FOREX MARKET ?

The Forex market is open 24 hours a day. It opens on Sunday at 10:00 pm GMT, and closes on Friday at 10:00 pm GMT: Sydney opens at 10:00 pm to 7:00 am GMT Tokyo opens at 12:00 am to 9:00 am GMT London opens at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm GMT New York opens at 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm GMT

WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE FOREX MARKET?

The primary participants in the Forex market – who make the spreads – are the largest banks in the world; such banks include central Banks, commercial banks, and investment banks. Known as the interbank market as they constantly deal with each other on behalf of themselves or their customers. However, the percentage of other market participants is rapidly growing and now the list includes large multinational corporations, global money managers, registered dealers, international money brokers, futures and options traders and individual investors.

FOREX TERMS

WHAT IS THE SPREAD ?

The spread is the difference between the bid and the ask price. The bid price is the rate at which you can sell a currency pair, and the ask price is the rate at which you can buy a currency pair. With us, you can trade a large range of instruments with flexible spreads. That gives you a greater degree of price transparency on your trades.

WHAT IS A ROLLOVER ?

The spread is the difference between the bid and the ask price. The bid price is the rate at which you can sell a currency pair, and the ask price is the rate at which you can buy a currency pair. With us, you can trade a large range of instruments with flexible spreads. That gives you a greater degree of price transparency on your trades.

WHAT IS “ORDER VOLUME” IN A FOREX TRADE?

The term “order volume” refers to the number of standard lots you want to trade.

1.00 refers to 1 standard lot or 100,000 units of the base currency.
0.10 refers to 1 mini lot or 10,000 units of the base currency.
0.01 refers to 1 micro lot or 1,000 units of the base currency.

WHAT IS A SPOT MARKET?

Spot markets refer to the markets that deal with the current price of financial instruments. Prices are settled on the spot at current market prices as appose to forward prices.

WHAT IS MARGIN?

Margin is a percentage amount of the total trade size which a broker requires as a good faith deposit in order to allow a trader to open a position. This amount is not a fee or a transaction cost; it is simply a portion of your account equity set aside within your account as a deposit towards the trade. Margin requirements are calculated by taking a percentage of the notional trade size as determined by the broker in advance and specified in the trading conditions.

TRADING WITH US

WHAT DOES ECN MEAN ?

ECN means “Electronic Communication Network”. An ECN account gives you direct market access so that you can deal with other market counterparties.

DO YOU OFFER ECN/STP ACCOUNTS ?

Yes we do. We can offer you ECN on your trading account.

WHAT CURRENCY CAN I TRADE ?

We offers all major currency pairs, exotic pairs, precious metals and CFDs for trading.

WHAT IS A FOREX BROKER?

A Forex broker is an intermediary between you and the interbank market – networks of banks that trade with each other. Typically, a Forex broker will offer you a price from the banks that act as their liquidity provider. Swiss Investor uses multiple banks for pricing and we offer you the best price quotes with fast execution.

WHY DO I NEED AN INTERMEDIARY?

Trading on interbank is possible for private individuals, however it requires significant investment. So, unless a trader has at least $50,000.00 to $100,000.00 on hand, a financial leverage is also required.

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