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Articles about Forex trading

On this page you can find articles about working on financial markets, written by company specialists and our clients; all exerienced traders and investors. A fresh look at the market, stories of success, Forex secrets and more in our articles.

What is Forex trading and how can you profit from it?

11/09/2017 | Alpari

Forex trading might seem to be a recent phenomenon, but it’s something that we, as humans, have been doing for a very long time. What makes humans different from other species is our ability to collaborate with each other and trade goods and services, which has helped us create groups, villages, and nations in the process. People have been trading their valuables in exchange for something they need since the dawn of time. The core concept behind Foreign Exchange or Forex trading is very similar.Source: "What is Forex trading and how can you profit from it?"

CFDs: trading stock market and commodity futures contracts for difference

16/02/2017 | Benjamin Parimala

CFDs are contracts (derivatives) that replicate the performance of shares, stock indices, foreign currencies or metals. A contract for difference can be considered roughly as a purchase of shares through a loan. A buyer of a CFD gets all the benefits of the underlying stock, including price rises and dividends, and pays the seller for the cost of lending it them. As such, it is similar to borrowing money from the bank to buy shares: the investor benefits from share price rises from the purchases made using the loan, and bank takes interest on the loan. CFDs combine this process into one transaction.

RMB vs yuan: understanding the difference

15/02/2017 | Pavel Gorbunov, Alpari client

Chinese currency has been showing powerful growth. If you have some you don't care it is yuan or renminbi; all that matters is Chinese currency gaining great importance on the global stage

What is a PAMM Account?

09/02/2017 | Pavel Gorbunov, Alpari client

PAMM stands for a percent allocation management module. It is a software application generally used for pairing client funds with a special discretionary account service provided foreign exchange brokers

Gold market upward trend

07/11/2016 | Alpari

When risks increase for the global economy, more and more investors are choosing to place their funds in gold and other precious metals. Even billionaire George Soros (who for the past years has been a dedicated philanthropist) has returned to asset management and began to actively invest in gold and companies related to the gold market, whilst simultaneously selling off assets which are unrelated to precious metals.

The A-B-C of Forex trading

18/07/2016 | Boer Yvonne Ruth Bursch Geb, Alpari Client

A person once said that if you want to make one million from Forex, invest ten million. It goes without saying that the statement is meant to discourage any person from investing in the Forex market. Tycoons like Sandile Shenzi, the multi-millionaire Forex guru who is only 23 years old, would beg to differ. So what makes other people better at trading Forex than others? Seeing that you are reading this article, it is evident that you are one of the people looking to benefit from Forex. Obviously, you want to make as much profit in the process as possible. Read on to get the best tips for Forex trading you will ever come across.

Forex trading success

13/06/2016 | Sunday Idoko, Alpari client

Nowadays the Forex market has become one of the most in-demand markets for investors, money managers and those who want to increase their income. However, it takes a lot of experience, time and risk management to become a professional trader and avoid losing money. As I see it, a good broker with acceptable spread and wise leverage will work fine, but what’s really important is your trading style!

What does it take to be a good trader?

25/03/2016 | Kerolles Hany

Nowadays the Forex market has become one of the most in-demand markets for investors, money managers and those who want to increase their income. However, it takes a lot of experience, time and risk management to become a professional trader and avoid losing money. As I see it, a good broker with acceptable spread and wise leverage will work fine, but what’s really important is your trading style!

Successful foreign exchange trade training

25/03/2016 | Sunday Idoko, Alpari client

Training is very important in any business venture because, to a large extent, it determines whether the business will experience success or failure. When talking about training, it is also vital that we know who can give training or be in the best position to provide the necessary tools and the training we need per each occasion. The best way to choose who to train with; is to access and evaluate the results of the training institution or trader trainer.

Top 5 Forex trading strategies

15/03/2016 | Alpari

Successful Forex traders stand out from others by the portfolio of Forex trading strategies they use in different situations. Seasoned traders know that a single system is not enough to produce the right number of successful trades every time. Therefore, knowing how to apply and adapt a trading strategy in accordance with all the market conditions is a key factor in becoming a profitable trader, as is an understanding of the fundamentals of economics.

cTrader vs MetaTrader 4

15/03/2016 | Alpari

It goes without saying that the choice of the trading software is vital, as it will be one of the main factors that determines whether you are going to succeed or fail in the FX market. Even though Forex is a comparatively new market for retail traders, it is one of the most technologically advanced. Today we are going to take a look at two most common trading platforms and compare their pros and cons.

Why choose Forex over stocks?

01/03/2016 | Alpari

Nowadays, investors have access to an ever-increasing number of trading instruments, including blue chips, indices and Forex markets, so choosing which market to trade is not always an easy decision. For this reason, traders need to consider a number of factors in order to make the best choice.

7 factors that influence exchange rates

29/02/2016 | Alpari

Exchange rates are one of the most watched and analysed economic measures across the world and are a key indicator of a country’s economic health. The exchange rate can be defined as the rate at which one country's currency may be converted into another. Rates are not just important to governments and large financial institutions. They also matter on a smaller scale, having an impact on the real returns of an investor’s portfolio.

DMA brokers

24/02/2016 | Alpari

DMA brokers are relatively new, but in order to fully understand what they are, let’s first break down the acronym DMA: Direct Market Access.

5 dangerous myths about the Forex markets

16/02/2016 | Alpari

Those who have just started out or have already dabbled in the forex market will be aware that there is a minefield of information available on the web. As with many industries, there are many truths and untruths floating around on the internet relating to forex so it’s not always easy to be sure that the information you are reading is correct.

Winning trades in Forex

12/02/2016 | Sunday Idoko, Alpari client

The mindset of winners is the same everywhere. Psychology has to do with a specific set of thinking patterns that can be analyzed and used to determine expected outcomes in particular settings. There are set patterns in human behavior that confirm the predictability of events outcome particularly where human beings are the constant factors.

Why do Forex brokers not accept US clients?

01/01/2016 | Alpari

It is a common known fact that the Forex market trading goes on 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. This happens due to the fact that there are multiple centers all over the world where the currencies are traded. Yet, even though the New York session tends to have the most significant impact on currency rate fluctuations, the amount of US based retail traders tends to be quite small.

What is a margin call?

31/12/2015 | Alpari

The most terrible trader's nightmare is a margin call. In our article, we are going to explain the term and give the tips how to avoid the margin call.

So what is a margin call? Well, it is a broker's demand to you as a customer to bring margin deposits up to the initial margin level in order to keep holding the current positions. The margin call most frequently happens with an adverse move against your positions.

What is hedging?

30/12/2015 | Alpari

Just a few years ago Europeans were quite likely to purchase not one, but a few Apple Macbooks when visiting the States. The reason for acquiring multiple premium products was simple – the euro was relatively strong against US dollar.

Top five attitudes for currency traders

01/02/2016 | Sunday Idoko, Alpari client

The business of currency trading is tough and it requires certain skill sets - both micro and macro - because a mix of many factors goes a long way to determine the success of a trading career. The success secrets of great and extraordinary men are in their stories. I took time to listen to interviews from some of the industry's most successful traders, and I came to realize that they all have some virtues in common and it is these desirable traits that shall be discussed.

Trading currencies for profit

18/01/2016 | Sunday Idoko, Alpari client

I got to know about the world of OTC currency trading in August 2012 when I attended a free, three-day course on the basics of forex trading. Since then I have maintained several demo accounts and my confidence grew when I started to trade live on the markets. I had mixed feelings when thinking of engaging in live trading and I never figured out why until I finally placed funds on a live account. However, live trading comes with more reality than most novice forex traders can imagine, emotions of greed, fear and anxiety.

Currency dependency on the Forex market

28/03/2016 | Nadezhda Molokanova, Alpari client

In this article I would like to tell you a secret which far from everyone knows and even experienced traders haven’t even thought of.

What is fundamental analysis

08/04/2015 | Alpari

This type of analysis is often used by traders which prefer long-term trading. A forecast is made on the basis of the current economic and political situation Traders analyse the economic news and base their actions on events that could have a significant effect on the world economy. This could be changes in the political life of a country or its overall economic state, information about price changes in different indices, etc. Fundamental analysis takes everything into account, even rumours and expectations.

What is technical analysis

08/04/2015 | Alpari

Forex technical analysis is one of the most widely used ways for forecasting price movements. The supposition that the market repeats itself is the basis for this type of analysis, meaning future movements can be defined on the basis of consistent patterns of previous market behaviour. Traders build their forecasts according to quote changes on graphs for specific periods of time.

What is prime brokerage?

27/11/2009 | Alpari

This article is devoted to explaining some of the finer points of prime brokerage arrangements using Currenex's ECN platform. Many people have only a general sense of what prime brokerage means, others have explored it more in depth, but there are nevertheless a lot of details that aren't necessarily obvious at first glance. In this article we will try to shed light on some of the more significant aspects of prime brokerage. Our discussion will be conducted from the vantage point of Alpari, a company which has gone through the entire process — from the very first steps of negotiating agreements all the way to introducing a full-fledged prime brokerage and ECN dealing model.

Let's start by introducing the key players that will form the center of discussion in this article. Alpari has been in business since 1998, and is currently one of the leading providers of online trading services both in Russia and around the world. In 2006, the Alpari Group began a period of international expansion which was headlined by the acquisition by Alpari Group companies of two major licenses: an FSA license for London-based Alpari UK and an NFA license for New York-based Alpari US. Offices were also opened in Shanghai and Dubai, among other major financial hubs.

Key points in the formation of prices

02/07/2004 | Alpari

Success in the Forex market depends to a large extent on a full understanding of the "rules of the game." Making sense of the actions of the broker – in particular assessing whether the dealer is manipulating the quotes you see or whether what you see actually is an honest reflection of the market – is a critical point of departure, not to mention a sore point, for many traders. Understanding price quoting can go a long way towards helping a trader realize that he isn't necessarily being cheated and help him avoid making common mistakes.

The Forex market: myth and reality

30/06/2004 | Alpari

Let me quote from one of the classics – Alexander Elder's "How to Play and Win on the Market":

"If a friend of yours with very little experience in farming comes to you and says that he is planning on feeding himself from what he can grow on a quarter acre plot, you'll know that he is going to be going hungry. We all have a sense of what can be gotten out of that size of plot. But in the world of trading, full-grown adults allow themselves to harbor such fantasies."

As soon as an amateur gets roughed up a few times and has a few margin calls, he loses his assertiveness, becomes more timid and begins formulating all manner of frightening ideas about financial markets. Losers on the market buy, sell or stay on the sidelines all a result of their fantasies. They are like children who are afraid to walk through a cemetery or peek under the bed, for fear that there could be ghosts lurking. The unstructured nature of financial markets is fertile ground for fantasy to take flight.


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