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Don’t rush in and suffer losses. Perhaps the key to your success would be to select the right broker. In any case you cannot start trading without a broker. Getting the wrong broker would lead to many problems down the road, and so getting the right broker is what you should concentrate on. Firstly, what is a forex broker? A broker is a company that accepts your buy or sell orders and in turn charge a fee for their services which is usually covered by the spread we talked of earlier.

How do you select a forex broker?

Choosing a forex broker may depend on your needs. There are online forex brokers who provide in-depth research and ample time to demo their products, while there are other forex brokers who look for the clientele of experienced online forex traders. The latter type of brokers is less likely to offer instructional help in your trading activities. So if you are a new forex trader, go for a broker that provides you with in-depth research. I would advise that you read and even run a demo on several different online forex brokers before choosing the one that suits you the best.
At the outset you should be very certain that the broker that you selected is registered, and reputable. There are a lot of scams involving forex investments on the Internet, and since it is easy to find a forex broker online than offline, all the reason you ought to be more careful. It’s advisable that you investigate and learn about the forex broker with whom you are planning to open an account. Don’t let yourself to be sucked into a scam.
It would be worthwhile to remember that, the same principles of the stock trade in your country will apply to forex trading, the only difference being that, your forex broker will make your deals happen on a worldwide network. Here are a few points you must consider when looking out for a suitable Forex broker.

Certification of the Forex brokerage firm

Forex trading involves a huge sum of money. As a trader, I am sure you want your money handled by a reliable broker. This is why certification of the forex brokerage firm is important. You are recommended to deal only with authorized currency traders and if you are trading in United States, your forex broking firm must be registered with Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) and regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). It would be preferable to have the forex broker linked to a financial institution of repute. All this is meant to ensure the safety of your funds.

A brokerage that has low spread in trading

Since currencies are normally traded in pairs of ask-bid price the difference of the selling (bid) and the buying (ask) is known as spread. You ought to remember that forex brokers do not charge commissions on their client trades; but they surely make money on the spreads. If the spreads are low, it is advantageous to you, as the broker would be offering you a cheaper service. So you could make better profits. So go in for a forex brokerage that offers lower spread.

Trading tools and tips

Different Forex brokers will offer different trading tips and tools. When selecting Forex broker, check what kind of trading tools and analysis data they are offering. Not all brokers offer the same set of tools and data thus careful consideration is necessary. A good Forex brokerage firm should offers real-time charts, technical analysis tools, real-time trade alerts, and website support. If you are new to Forex trading, you also look for broker that offers demo account before opening up a real account.

Don’t go with brokers who have strict margin rules

Assume for a moment that you have a margin account with a forex trader. Now suppose that the currency pair position you took takes a dive and then rebounds to greater highs. The problem with some brokers is that they would liquidate your position on a margin call at that low, instead of awaiting the impending change. This could cost you a lot. The best way to avoid these kinds of brokers is to hang around in forex trading forums and lookout for negative comments.

Leverage

While some brokers offers 1:50 trade margins others offer 1:200 and it varies with different brokerage firm. Higher trade margin will give you a better chance to win big when the opportunity comes along. It’s also important when you have very little capital invested in forex.
If you filter forex brokers with the above conditions in mind, you actually raise your bar in forex trading. The point is don’t get overwhelmed and jump the gun at the first brokerage house you get introduced to.

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