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Forex Trading Spreads / Conditions

Currency Pair Minimum Price
Fluctuation
Spreads
as low as*
Average Spreads* Long Swap Value
(Points)
Short Swap Value
(Points)
Value of 1 lot Limit and Stop Levels*****
EURUSD 0.00001 0.0001 0.00017 -8.93 2.44 100000 EUR 0.0004
GBPUSD 0.00001 0.0001 0.00023 -6.65 -0.87 100000 GBP 0.00052
USDJPY 0.001 0.01 0.018 1.18 -7.22 100000 USD 0.04
USDCHF 0.00001 0.0001 0.00026 2.81 -8.81 100000 USD 0.0005
AUDUSD 0.00001 0.0001 0.00018 -1.18 -2.86 100000 AUD 0.0005
AUDCAD 0.00001 0.00021 0.00032 -2.32 -6.36 100000 AUD 0.0016
AUDCHF 0.00001 0.00012 0.00038 1.91 -8.5 100000 AUD 0.0016
AUDJPY 0.001 0.01 0.03 0.01 -7.69 100000 AUD 0.099
AUDNZD 0.00001 0.00014 0.00045 -5.9 -3.6 100000 AUD 0.0021
CADJPY 0.001 0.013 0.034 -1.1 -7.13 100000 CAD 0.1
CADCHF 0.00001 0.00024 0.00038 0.48 -7.67 100000 CAD 0.0018
CHFJPY 0.001 0.01 0.03 -7.54 -2.75 100000 CHF 0.12
CHFSGD 0.00001 0.00022 0.0022 -16.94 -3.14 100000 CHF 0.0028
EURAUD 0.00001 0.00023 0.0004 -14.75 2.55 100000 EUR 0.0012
EURCAD 0.00001 0.00021 0.00037 -13.27 -0.37 100000 EUR 0.0014
EURCHF 0.00001 0.00017 0.00027 -2.11 -4.48 100000 EUR 0.00062
EURDKK**** 0.00001 0.00106 0.0023 -43.57 -51.47 100000 EUR 0.0026
EURGBP 0.00001 0.0001 0.00018 -4.82 -0.12 100000 EUR 0.0005
EURHKD**** 0.00001 0.00074 0.0033 -89.33 -37.83 100000 EUR 0.0052
EURHUF 0.001 0.08 0.3 -24.8 -16.34 100000 EUR 0.6
EURJPY 0.001 0.01 0.026 -4.69 -2.39 100000 EUR 0.054
EURNOK 0.00001 0.00135 0.00697 -84.28 -35.88 100000 EUR 0.0062
EURPLN 0.00001 0.00299 0.0047 -51.48 -3.78 100000 EUR 0.0054
EURSEK 0.00001 0.00177 0.005 -71.01 -65.55 100000 EUR 0.0056
GBPSGD 0.00001 0.00042 0.002 -16.36 -9.86 100000 GBP 0.0034
EURSGD 0.00001 0.00024 0.00163 -18.46 -3.98 100000 EUR 0.0014
EURTRY 0.00001 0.00111 0.0025 -204.63 112.89 100000 EUR 0.003
EURZAR 0.00001 0.00248 0.015 -463.44 222.36 100000 EUR 0.0258
GBPAUD 0.00001 0.00012 0.00039 -12.28 -1.48 100000 GBP 0.0016
GBPCAD 0.00001 0.00015 0.00054 -9.62 -5.45 100000 GBP 0.002
GBPCHF 0.00001 0.00016 0.0004 1.26 -8.34 100000 GBP 0.00178
GBPDKK**** 0.00001 0.0003 0.0049 -29.74 -81.7 100000 GBP 0.006
GBPJPY 0.001 0.01 0.038 -2.03 -6.74 100000 GBP 0.108
EURNZD 0.00001 0.00028 0.00067 -18.75 4.81 100000 EUR 0.0022
GBPNOK 0.00001 0.0013 0.008 -71.84 -73.04 100000 GBP 0.0146
GBPNZD 0.00001 0.00035 0.0008 -16.15 0.45 100000 GBP 0.0036
GBPSEK 0.00001 0.0033 0.009 -51.41 -104.51 100000 GBP 0.014
NZDCAD 0.00001 0.00031 0.00047 -1.53 -6.52 100000 NZD 0.0018
NZDCHF 0.00001 0.00021 0.00055 2.43 -8.52 100000 NZD 0.002
NZDJPY 0.001 0.014 0.05 1.29 -8.26 100000 NZD 0.14
NZDSGD 0.00001 0.00034 0.002 -3.27 -10.57 100000 NZD 0.0022
NZDUSD 0.00001 0.00011 0.00025 -0.44 -3.24 100000 NZD 0.0008
SGDJPY 0.001 0.033 0.2 -3.3 -8.78 100000 SGD 0.14
USDCAD 0.00001 0.0001 0.00021 -2.42 -4.56 100000 USD 0.00052
USDDKK**** 0.00001 0.0002 0.003 -8.89 -75.93 100000 USD 0.0034
USDHKD**** 0.0001 0.0011 0.0028 -3.92 -7.13 100000 USD 0.0026
USDHUF 0.001 0.101 0.28 -9.19 -28.01 100000 USD 0.52
USDMXN 0.00001 0.0017 0.01 -434.64 191.05 100000 USD 0.0103
USDNOK 0.00001 0.00052 0.0055 -31.97 -71.47 100000 USD 0.0078
USDPLN 0.00001 0.00072 0.004 -24.4 -22.4 100000 USD 0.007
USDSEK 0.00001 0.00029 0.0049 -21.39 -97.28 100000 USD 0.0082
USDSGD 0.00001 0.0003 0.002 -7.81 -11.01 100000 USD 0.0014
USDTRY 0.00001 0.00069 0.0026 -152.51 73.08 100000 USD 0.0028
USDZAR 0.0001 0.0115 0.017 -33.15 13.85 100000 USD 0.0206
USDRUB**** 0.0001 0.0185 0.42 -215.18 12.01 100000 USD 0.034
EURRUB**** 0.0001 0.0165 0.45 -266.25 42.28 100000 EUR 0.034
USDCNH**** 0.0001 0.0018 0.0027 -7.74 -2.68 100000 USD 0.005
Currency Pair Minimum Price
Fluctuation
Spreads
as low as*
Average Spreads* Long Swap Value
(Points)
Short Swap Value
(Points)
Value of 1 lot Limit and Stop Levels*****
AUDCADmicro 0.00001 0.00021 0.00032 -2.32 -6.36 1000 AUD 0.0016
AUDCHFmicro 0.00001 0.00012 0.00038 1.91 -8.5 1000 AUD 0.0016
AUDJPYmicro 0.001 0.01 0.03 0.01 -7.69 1000 AUD 0.099
AUDNZDmicro 0.00001 0.00014 0.00045 -5.9 -3.6 1000 AUD 0.0021
AUDUSDmicro 0.00001 0.0001 0.00018 -1.18 -2.86 1000 AUD 0.0005
CADCHFmicro 0.00001 0.00024 0.00038 0.48 -7.67 1000 CAD 0.0018
CADJPYmicro 0.001 0.013 0.034 -1.1 -7.13 1000 CAD 0.1
CHFJPYmicro 0.001 0.01 0.03 -7.54 -2.75 1000 CHF 0.12
CHFSGDmicro 0.00001 0.00022 0.0022 -16.94 -3.14 1000 CHF 0.0028
EURAUDmicro 0.00001 0.00023 0.0004 -14.75 2.55 1000 EUR 0.0012
EURCADmicro 0.00001 0.00021 0.00037 -13.27 -0.37 1000 EUR 0.0014
EURCHFmicro 0.00001 0.00017 0.00027 -2.11 -4.48 1000 EUR 0.00062
EURDKKmicro**** 0.00001 0.00106 0.0023 -43.57 -51.47 1000 EUR 0.0026
EURGBPmicro 0.00001 0.0001 0.00018 -4.82 -0.12 1000 EUR 0.0005
EURHKDmicro**** 0.00001 0.00074 0.0033 -89.33 -37.83 1000 EUR 0.0052
EURHUFmicro 0.001 0.08 0.3 -24.8 -16.34 1000 EUR 0.6
EURJPYmicro 0.001 0.01 0.026 -4.69 -2.39 1000 EUR 0.054
EURNOKmicro 0.00001 0.00135 0.00697 -84.28 -35.88 1000 EUR 0.0062
EURNZDmicro 0.00001 0.00028 0.00067 -18.75 4.81 1000 EUR 0.0022
EURPLNmicro 0.00001 0.00299 0.0047 -51.48 -3.78 1000 EUR 0.0054
EURSEKmicro 0.00001 0.00177 0.005 -71.01 -65.55 1000 EUR 0.0056
EURSGDmicro 0.00001 0.00024 0.00163 -18.46 -3.98 1000 EUR 0.0014
EURTRYmicro 0.00001 0.00111 0.0025 -204.63 112.89 1000 EUR 0.003
EURUSDmicro 0.00001 0.0001 0.00017 -8.93 2.44 1000 EUR 0.0004
EURZARmicro 0.00001 0.00248 0.015 -463.44 222.36 1000 EUR 0.0258
GBPAUDmicro 0.00001 0.00012 0.00039 -12.28 -1.48 1000 GBP 0.0016
GBPCADmicro 0.00001 0.00015 0.00054 -9.62 -5.45 1000 GBP 0.002
GBPCHFmicro 0.00001 0.00016 0.0004 1.26 -8.34 1000 GBP 0.00178
GBPDKKmicro**** 0.00001 0.0003 0.0049 -29.74 -81.7 1000 GBP 0.006
GBPJPYmicro 0.001 0.01 0.038 -2.03 -6.74 1000 GBP 0.108
GBPNOKmicro 0.00001 0.0013 0.008 -71.84 -73.04 1000 GBP 0.0146
GBPNZDmicro 0.00001 0.00035 0.0008 -16.15 0.45 1000 GBP 0.0036
GBPSEKmicro 0.00001 0.0033 0.009 -51.41 -104.51 1000 GBP 0.014
GBPSGDmicro 0.00001 0.00042 0.002 -16.36 -9.86 1000 GBP 0.0034
GBPUSDmicro 0.00001 0.0001 0.00023 -6.65 -0.87 1000 GBP 0.00052
NZDCADmicro 0.00001 0.00031 0.00047 -1.53 -6.52 1000 NZD 0.0018
NZDCHFmicro 0.00001 0.00021 0.00055 2.43 -8.52 1000 NZD 0.002
NZDJPYmicro 0.001 0.014 0.05 1.29 -8.26 1000 NZD 0.14
NZDSGDmicro 0.00001 0.00034 0.002 -3.27 -10.57 1000 NZD 0.0022
NZDUSDmicro 0.00001 0.00011 0.00025 -0.44 -3.24 1000 NZD 0.0008
SGDJPYmicro 0.001 0.033 0.2 -3.3 -8.78 1000 SGD 0.14
USDCADmicro 0.00001 0.0001 0.00021 -2.42 -4.56 1000 USD 0.00052
USDCHFmicro 0.00001 0.0001 0.00026 2.81 -8.81 1000 USD 0.0005
USDHKDmicro**** 0.0001 0.0011 0.0028 -3.92 -7.13 1000 USD 0.0026
USDDKKmicro**** 0.00001 0.0002 0.003 -8.89 -75.93 1000 USD 0.0034
USDHUFmicro 0.001 0.101 0.28 -9.19 -28.01 1000 USD 0.52
USDJPYmicro 0.001 0.01 0.018 1.18 -7.22 1000 USD 0.04
USDMXNmicro 0.00001 0.0017 0.01 -434.64 191.05 1000 USD 0.0103
USDNOKmicro 0.00001 0.00052 0.0055 -31.97 -71.47 1000 USD 0.0078
USDPLNmicro 0.00001 0.00072 0.004 -24.4 -22.4 1000 USD 0.007
USDSEKmicro 0.00001 0.00029 0.0049 -21.39 -97.28 1000 USD 0.0082
USDSGDmicro 0.00001 0.0003 0.002 -7.81 -11.01 1000 USD 0.0014
USDTRYmicro 0.00001 0.00069 0.0026 -152.51 73.08 1000 USD 0.0028
USDZARmicro 0.0001 0.0115 0.017 -33.15 13.85 1000 USD 0.0206
USDRUBmicro**** 0.0001 0.0185 0.42 -215.18 12.01 1000 USD 0.0456
EURRUBmicro**** 0.0001 0.0165 0.45 -266.25 42.28 1000 EUR 0.0738
USDCNHmicro**** 0.0001 0.0018 0.0027 -7.74 -2.68 1000 USD 0.005
Currency Pair Minimum Price
Fluctuation
Average Spreads* Commission per 100,000 USD traded***** Long Swap Value
(Points)
Short Swap Value
(Points)
Value of 1 lot Limit and Stop Levels*****
GBPJPY. 0.001 0.009 5 USD -2.03 -6.74 100000 GBP 0.108
GBPNZD. 0.00001 0.0004 5 USD -16.15 0.45 100000 GBP 0.0036
USDJPY. 0.001 0.001 5 USD 1.18 -7.22 100000 USD 0.04
NZDUSD. 0.00001 0.00008 5 USD -0.44 -3.24 100000 NZD 0.0008
GBPUSD. 0.00001 0.00003 5 USD -6.65 -0.87 100000 GBP 0.00052
AUDCAD. 0.00001 0.00013 5 USD -2.32 -6.36 100000 AUD 0.0016
AUDCHF. 0.00001 0.00009 5 USD 1.91 -8.5 100000 AUD 0.0016
AUDJPY. 0.001 0.006 5 USD 0.01 -7.69 100000 AUD 0.099
AUDNZD. 0.00001 0.00011 5 USD -5.9 -3.6 100000 AUD 0.0021
AUDUSD. 0.00001 0.00004 5 USD -1.18 -2.86 100000 AUD 0.0005
CADCHF. 0.00001 0.0001 5 USD 0.48 -7.67 100000 CAD 0.0018
CADJPY. 0.001 0.011 5 USD -1.1 -7.13 100000 CAD 0.1
CHFJPY. 0.001 0.015 5 USD -7.54 -2.75 100000 CHF 0.12
CHFSGD. 0.00001 0.0005 5 USD -16.94 -3.14 100000 CHF 0.0028
EURAUD. 0.00001 0.0001 5 USD -14.75 2.55 100000 EUR 0.0012
EURCAD. 0.00001 0.00015 5 USD -13.27 -0.37 100000 EUR 0.0014
EURCHF. 0.00001 0.00011 5 USD -2.11 -4.48 100000 EUR 0.00062
EURDKK.**** 0.00001 0.0007 5 USD -43.57 -51.47 100000 EUR 0.0026
EURGBP. 0.00001 0.00008 5 USD -4.82 -0.12 100000 EUR 0.0005
EURHKD.**** 0.00001 0.001 5 USD -89.33 -37.83 100000 EUR 0.0052
EURHUF. 0.001 0.18 5 USD -24.8 -16.34 100000 EUR 0.6
EURJPY. 0.001 0.006 5 USD -4.69 -2.39 100000 EUR 0.054
EURNOK. 0.00001 0.00294 5 USD -84.28 -35.88 100000 EUR 0.0062
EURNZD. 0.00001 0.00022 5 USD -18.75 4.81 100000 EUR 0.0022
EURPLN. 0.00001 0.0027 5 USD -51.48 -3.78 100000 EUR 0.0054
EURRUB.**** 0.0001 0.28 5 USD -275.1 42.28 100000 EUR 0.0738
EURSEK. 0.00001 0.0022 5 USD -71.01 -65.55 100000 EUR 0.0056
EURSGD. 0.00001 0.0009 5 USD -18.46 -3.98 100000 EUR 0.0014
EURTRY. 0.00001 0.0023 5 USD -204.63 112.89 100000 EUR 0.003
EURUSD. 0.00001 0.00001 5 USD -8.93 2.44 100000 EUR 0.0004
EURZAR. 0.00001 0.0106 5 USD -463.44 222.36 100000 EUR 0.0258
GBPAUD. 0.00001 0.0002 5 USD -12.28 -1.48 100000 GBP 0.0016
GBPCHF. 0.00001 0.00015 5 USD 1.26 -8.34 100000 GBP 0.00178
GBPCAD. 0.00001 0.00022 5 USD -9.62 -5.45 100000 GBP 0.002
GBPDKK.**** 0.00001 0.002 5 USD -29.74 -81.7 100000 GBP 0.006
GBPNOK. 0.00001 0.0061 5 USD -71.84 -73.04 100000 GBP 0.0146
GBPSEK. 0.00001 0.0047 5 USD -51.41 -104.51 100000 GBP 0.014
GBPSGD. 0.00001 0.0013 5 USD -16.36 -9.86 100000 GBP 0.0034
NZDCAD. 0.00001 0.00019 5 USD -1.53 -6.52 100000 NZD 0.0018
NZDCHF. 0.00001 0.00014 5 USD 2.43 -8.52 100000 NZD 0.002
NZDJPY. 0.001 0.012 5 USD 1.29 -8.26 100000 NZD 0.14
NZDSGD. 0.00001 0.0005 5 USD -3.27 -10.57 100000 NZD 0.0022
SGDJPY. 0.001 0.057 5 USD -3.3 -8.78 100000 SGD 0.14
USDCAD. 0.00001 0.00006 5 USD -2.42 -4.56 100000 USD 0.00052
USDCHF. 0.00001 0.00005 5 USD 2.81 -8.81 100000 USD 0.0005
USDDKK.**** 0.00001 0.00079 5 USD -8.89 -75.93 100000 USD 0.0034
USDHKD.**** 0.0001 0.0005 5 USD -3.92 -7.13 100000 USD 0.0026
USDHUF. 0.001 0.14 5 USD -9.19 -28.01 100000 USD 0.52
USDMXN. 0.00001 0.004 5 USD -434.64 191.05 100000 USD 0.0103
USDNOK. 0.00001 0.003 5 USD -31.97 -71.47 100000 USD 0.0078
USDPLN. 0.00001 0.0024 5 USD -24.4 -22.4 100000 USD 0.007
USDRUB.**** 0.0001 0.29 5 USD -215.18 12.01 100000 USD 0.0456
USDSEK. 0.00001 0.00249 5 USD -21.39 -97.28 100000 USD 0.0082
USDSGD. 0.00001 0.00065 5 USD -7.81 -11.01 100000 USD 0.0014
USDTRY. 0.00001 0.0011 5 USD -152.51 73.08 100000 USD 0.0028
USDZAR. 0.0001 0.009 5 USD -33.15 13.85 100000 USD 0.0206

Examples of the commission fee calculation (XM Zero Accounts only)

Example 1


To position Buy 3 lots USD/GBP, the transaction volume is 300,000 USD. Considering that for a USD 100,000 transaction size commission is charged for both opening and closing the position at USD 5 each, for this transaction it will be: 2 x (5 x 300,000 / 100,000) = 30 USD. The commission fee is deducted from the account during the opening of the transaction for both the operations at once (opening and closing).


Example 2


For a “Buy 2 lots EUR/USD” position the transaction size is 200,000 EUR which corresponds to 220,000 USD, given a EUR/USD exchange rate of 1.10000. Considering that for a USD 100,000 transaction size commission is charged for both opening and closing the position at USD 5 each, for this transaction it will be: 2 x (5 x 220,000 / 100,000) = 22 USD. The commission fee is deducted from the account during the opening of the transaction for both the operations at once (opening and closing).

RUB TRADING HOURS
(GMT+2 time zone, please note DST may apply)

Monday – Friday: 09:05 – 17:55

FOREX TRADING HOURS
(GMT+2 time zone, please note DST may apply)

Monday – Friday: 00:05 – 23:50

* The average spreads shown here are calculated throughout the day. They tend to be narrower under normal market conditions. However, spreads may widen following important news announcements, during political uncertainty, unexpected events leading to volatile market conditions or at the close of the business day and on weekends when liquidity is lower. When you trade with us Trading Point is your counter-party. Your trades are matched and any next exposure above predefined thresholds is hedged with our partner banks (our liquidity providers) at the current market spread. However, during volatile and illiquid market conditions our liquidity providers quote larger than normal spreads. At such times Trading Point is forced to pass on some of the spread increases to its clients.

** If you leave an open position for the next trading day, you pay or you obtain the certain amount, calculated on the basis of interest rates difference of two currencies in currency pair. This operation is called "swap." In the trading terminal, "swap" is automatically converted into the deposit currency. The operation is conducted at 00.00 (GMT+2 time zone, please note DST may apply) and can take several minutes. From Wednesday to Thursday swap is charged for three days.

*** Minimum level for placing Stop Loss and Take Profit orders from a current market price.

**** Leverage for EURDKK, EURHKD, GBPDKK, USDDKK, USDHKD, USDCNH, EURRUB and USDRUB is set to 1:50 for all accounts.

***** For instruments not denoted in USD calculations should be based at the current exchange rate (for XM Zero Accounts only)

The margin required for positions on all CHF pairs is 2 times the margin set as per account leverage.

About Forex Trading

Forex trading, or currency trading, or FX trading, as it can be also abbreviated, are all terms that describe the currency exchange market as we know it today, which in simple language refers to the global, decentralized marketplace where individuals, companies and financial institutions exchange currencies for one another at floating rates.

The current floating rates system, which we know today, was adopted after World War II and has been in effect ever since. Prior to the current forex trading rates system, a monetary management system called the Bretton Woods Agreement was in existence, in which the exchange prices of currencies against each other were tied and correlated to the reserves of gold in possession of the two countries that were the originators of the actual currencies related to a transaction.

Forex Trading Marketplace

The forex trading marketplace, as it stands today, is the world’s largest and most liquid market due to a number of factors which include, but are not limited to, ease of performing transactions over the internet, the modern development of travelling, ease of international communication and modern transportation, which have made our world a smaller place.

By making our world a smaller and more global place, this automatically means that people, goods and services can travel faster and more easily. This also means that a necessity of currencies to be traded against each other is needed in order for this to happen. All these factors have determined a growing forex trading marketplace, which will only continue to grow and become more dynamic, liquid and responsive.

Online Forex Trading

Among the main participants of the forex trading market, one of the most growing segments of the total pool of participants of the marketplace, are retail foreign exchange traders (individuals) who participate in online forex trading for mainly speculative reasons with the ultimate goal of generating a profit from currency fluctuations (market changes), or hedging unwanted currency risk.

This segment participates in the forex trading marketplace via a broker (like XM), or via a bank. In this case, the bank or the broker will issue the retail client a trading account that will be funded in a base currency (usually the local currency of the region where the client is domiciled), and the client will have the opportunity to buy and sell currencies both online and over the phone with the goal of deriving profit.

Forex Trading via a Broker

Participating in the forex trading marketplace via a broker like XM means that the client receives access to real-time pricing of the forex marketplace and is quoted buy and sell prices for a number of instruments via an online trading platform (or via the phone). The client has the freedom to decide at which price they decide to buy or sell, and vice versa, and can execute a transaction at any time they wish.

What is Forex Trading?

Forex trading, also known by the name of currency trading or FX trading, refers to buying a particular currency while selling another in exchange. Trading currencies always involves exchanging one currency for another.

The ultimate aim can vary and can be any of the below but not limited to the below:

  • 1. Exchanging currency A (e.g. USD) to currency B (e.g. EUR) for travelling purposes;
  • 2. Exchanging currency A (e.g. USD) to currency B (e.g. EUR) for trading purposes;
  • 3. Exchanging currency A (e.g. USD) to currency B (e.g. EUR) for speculative purposes, with the goal to make a profit.

Due to all the above, and not limited to the above, the forex trading market is today the world’s most liquid and most volatile market, with over $5 trillion traded daily.

How Does Forex Trading Work?

Forex trading is in essence trading currencies for one another. As such, an XM client sells one currency against another at a current market rate.

In order to be able to trade, it is required to open an account and hold currency A and then exchange currency A for currency B either for a long term or a short-term trade, with the ultimate goal varying accordingly.

Since FX trading is performed on currency pairs (i.e. the quotation of the relative value of one currency unit against another currency unit), in which the first currency is the so-called base currency, while the second currency is called the quote currency.

For example, the quotation EUR/USD 1.2345 is the price of the euro expressed in US dollars, which means that 1 euro equals 1.2345 US dollars.

Currency trading can be carried out 24 hours a day, from 22.00 GMT on Sunday until 22.00 GMT on Friday, with currencies traded among the major financial centers of London, New York, Tokyo, Zürich, Frankfurt, Paris, Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong.

What Influences Prices in Forex Trading?

There is an endless number of factors that all contribute and influence the prices in forex trading (i.e. currency rates) daily, but it could be safe to say that there are 6 major factors which contribute the most and are more or less the main driving forces for forex trading price fluctuation:

  • 1. Differentials in inflation
  • 2. Differentials in interest rates
  • 3. Current account deficits
  • 4. Public debt
  • 5. Terms of trade
  • 6. Political and economic stability

In order to best comprehend the above 6 factors, you will have to keep in mind that currencies are traded against one another. So when one falls, another one rises as the price denomination of any currency is always stated against another currency.

What is Forex Trading Software?

Forex trading software is an online trading platform provided to each XM client, which allows them to view, analyze and trade currencies, or other asset classes.

In simple terms, each XM client is provided access to a trading platform (i.e. software) which is directly connected to the global market price feed and allows them to perform transactions without the help of a third party.

Who are Forex Trading Market Participants?

Forex trading market participants can fall in any of the following categories:

  • 1. Travellers or overseas consumers who exchange money to travel overseas or purchase goods from overseas.
  • 2. Businesses that purchase raw materials or goods from overseas and need to exchange their local currency to the currency of the country of the seller.
  • 3. Investors or speculators who exchange currencies, which either require a foreign currency, to perform trading in equities or other asset classes from overseas or either are trading currencies with the aim of making a profit from market changes.
  • 4. Banking institutions that exchange money to service their clients or to lend money to overseas clients.
  • 5. Governments or central banks that either buy or sell currencies and try to adjust financial imbalances, or adjust economic conditions.

What is Important in Forex Trading?

As a retail foreign exchange trader, the most important factors that affect your trading is trade execution quality, speed and spreads. The one affects the other.

A spread is the difference between the bid and the ask price of a currency pair (buy or sell price), and so to make it even easier it is the price at which your broker or bank is willing to sell or buy your requested trade order. Spreads, however, only matter with the correct execution.

In the forex trading marketplace, when we refer to execution we mean the speed at which a foreign exchange trader can actually buy or sell what they see on their screen or what they are quoted as bid/ask price over the phone. A good price makes no sense if your bank or broker cannot fill your order fast enough to get that bid/ask price.

What are Majors in Forex Trading?

In forex trading, some currency pairs are nicknamed majors (major pairs). This category includes the most traded currency pairs and they always include the USD on one side.

Major pairs include: EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD, USD/CHF, USD/CAD, AUD/USD, NZD/USD

What are Minors in Forex Trading?

In forex trading, minor currency pairs or crosses are all currency pairs that do not include the USD on one side.

What are Exotics in Forex Trading?

In forex trading, exotic pairs include the less traded currency pairs that include a major currency paired with the currency of a smaller or emerging economy. These pairs usually have less volatility, less liquidity and do not present the dynamic behavior of major pairs and crosses.

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