We all know when you go on a trip to another country; you need to take some travelers checks and some cash in the currency of that country. This can be advantageous because one countryís currency is usually worth more or less than the other. So your 100 USD could be worth 130 Canadian dollars, giving you more purchase power.
Currencies of countries rise and fall in valued over time, similar to the stock market. The reasons are usually economic and political. You may think though that similar to the stock market there is a lot of money that can be made by trading currencies from various nations. You would be right.
The first step in How to trade currencies profitable would be to find your broker. You can trade currencies at a bank but you will usually find their prices to be high and their responses to be slow. If you are serious about currency trading you really need to find a good broker. Shop around; there are many large and small firs that deal exclusively with foreign exchange. Fees and responsiveness are the big factors here; depending on how fast you are trading a few minutes can really make the difference here.
Another thing that should be understood that this will take a good amount of investing initially (depending on what type of return youíre expecting) and usually is not a quick return on your money.
Letís take a look at the Japanese yen for an example. At the start of the year each USD was worth 102 Japanese yen, but six months later
each USD is now worth 112 Japanese yen. So if you were in Japan and in January had traded your currency with USD and today were to trade the currency back, you would have received a ten percent return on your money.
Some people think this is a little slow for that type of return. These are generally the types of investments banks and large firms are dealt in. Most individuals prefer the stock market because it is a quicker buck. But currency exchange is a lot more secure, the currencies will always be around, and when investing a large sum of money can return quite well. Trading currency should be a pat of a well diversified portfolio.
Another tip on how to trade currency is to pick only a few types of currency and trade between those. It is much easier to keep an eye on a few nations than a dozen. And since political and economics shape the value of a currency it is usually suggested that you keep an eye on basic news involving that nation. This is the reason it is usually suggested to pick nations and currencies that mean something or are of interest to you.
With a little political insight and some well planned moves you can make significant money in currency trading. Happy Investing.
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Copyright 2005 Dave Markel
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