Trading Concepts

What is Forex?

The foreign exchange market – also known as forex or the FX market – is the world’s most traded market, with turnover of $5.3 trillion per day*.

Forex Market

To put this into perspective, the U.S. stock market trades around $226 billion a day; quite a large sum, but only a fraction of what forex trades.

Forex is traded 24 hours a day, 5 days a week across by banks, institutions and individual traders worldwide. Unlike other financial markets, there is no centralized marketplace for forex, currencies trade over the counter in whatever market is open at that time.

How FX Trading works

Trading forex involves the buying of one currency and simultaneous selling of another. In forex, traders attempt to profit by buying and selling currencies by actively speculating on the direction currencies are likely to take in the future.

World’s Major Currencies

COUNTRY SYMBOL COUNTRY SYMBOL
United States USD Switzerland CHF
Eurozone EUR Canada CAD
Japan JPY Australia AUD
Great Britain GBP New Zealand NZD
Learn more about which currency pairs to trade.

Want to know more about how to trade forex?

Our free Let’s Get to Know Forex guide will cover how to get started, help you make your first trades and outline how to create a long-term trading plan for long-term success.

*April 13, 2015 Interbank Forex Market average daily volume from Bank for International Settlements.

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