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The ultimate commodity is currency. When a company or a government sells or purchases products and services in a foreign country, they are subject to the foreign currency trade, which is the exchanging of one currency for another.

Organizations and people can also trade currencies for merely speculative purposes.


The foreign currency exchange market is the largest financial market in the world, also known as "forex" or "fx" market.

The forex market is larger than all the stock markets combined.

The forex market has a daily trading volume that is larger than that of all the world's stock markets put together.

In the past only corporations and wealthy people traded currencies in the forex market.

They used proprietary trading systems of banks. However, opening an account required about one million US dollars.

Thanks to the internet, investors with only a few thousand dollars can access the foreign exchange market 24 hours a day.

Forex trading provides an alternative to stock market trading for professional traders.

There are only a few significant currencies available to trade. However, there are literally thousands of different stocks for the trader to choose.

Here are the major currencies available for trade: the Yen, Dollar, Swiss Franc, Euro and the British Pound.

Forex trading gives you the ability to have flexible trading hours because it goes on for 24 hours a day.

The main forex trading centers are in New York, London, Singapore and Tokyo; however, banks all over the world participate in trading.

Due to the location of the major trading centers, Traders can react to news immediately when it breaks.

For example, when the Asian trading session ends, the European session is just beginning, followed by the session then back to the Asian session.

A fluctuation in the exchange rate is usually caused by actual monetary flows. Also, the expectations of changes in monetary flows caused by changes in GDP growth, inflation, interest rates, budget and trade deficits or surpluses, large cross-border Mergers & Acquisition deals and other macroeconomic conditions.

In the forex market there is generally little or no 'inside information'. Major news is released to the public, often on scheduled dates. Many people have access to the same news at the same time.

The large banks have a very important advantage; they can see their customers' order flow.

Many factors affect exchange rates. Currency prices are a result of supply and demand.

The world's currency markets are a huge melting pot. Due to the large and ever-changing mix of current events, supply and demand factors are constantly changing, and the price of one currency in relation to another shifts accordingly.

No other market takes in and refines as much of what is going on in the world at any given time as the forex market.

by Tom Houser