Investors and speculators using the Internet as an investment tool will find that the Forex market offers several advantages over futures trading.
*200:1 is the entry leverage value. Brokerages will have margin calls set at different levels, exact leverage may vary. **The traders cost of doing business is called the Spread. It is the difference between the bid and the ask price on your chosen currency pair.
Benefits of Spot FX
The benefits of spot Forex (cash market) over futures, and more specifically currency futures, are considerable. The dissimilarities between these investment vehicles range from philosophical - such as the history of each, their target audience, and their relevance in the modern Forex markets, to more tangible issues such as transactions fees, margin requirements, liquidity level, and the technical and educational support offered by the providers of each service.
Higher Volume = Better Liquidity
The spot Forex market, or the cash market, is certainly the most liquid market in the world. Of course, with such incredible volume comes incredible liquidity. To seasoned traders this means one thing: better execution.
Easy to Read Price Quotes
Currency futures quotes are inversions of the cash price. For example, if the cash price for USD/CHF is 1.7100/1.7105, the futures equivalent is .5894/ .5897 (a format only familiar to future's traders). Spot prices, on the other hand, offer a simpler look at the market. The bid price is always shown on the left and the ask price on the right. The value of the base currency is always 1 (one). In the example above 1 US Dollar (USD) = 1.7100 CHF.
The off-exchange retail foreign currency market (or Forex market) has many differences, as outlined above. However, one of the most significant factors is the element of risk. The Forex market is the riskiest of all investment vehicles and is suitable only for experienced traders. The higher leverage and volatility found in this market increase the traders risk of loss. There is the potential to lose, all or more, of your original investment.
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High Risk Investment Warning: Trading foreign exchange and/or contracts for differences on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss in excess of your deposited funds and therefore, you should not speculate with capital that you cannot afford to lose. Before deciding to trade the products offered by JMI Brokers you should carefully consider your objectives, financial situation, needs and level of experience. You should be aware of all the risks associated with trading on margin. JMI Brokers provides general advice that does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. The content of this Website must not be construed as personal advice. JMI Brokers recommends you seek advice from a separate financial advisor.
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