What is forex and how does it work?

Take a closer look at everything you’ll need to know about forex, including what it is, how you trade it and how leverage in forex works.


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What Is Forex Trading? A Beginner’s Guide

Forex (FX) is a portmanteau of the words foreign [currency] and exchange. Foreign exchange is the process of changing one currency into another for various reasons, usually for commerce, trading, or tourism. According to a 2022 triennial report from the Bank for International Settlements (a global bank for national central banks), the daily global volume for forex trading reached $7.5 trillion in 2022.

What Is the Forex Market?

The foreign exchange market is where currencies are traded. This international market's most unique aspect is that it lacks a central marketplace. Instead, currency trading is conducted electronically over the counter (OTC). This means that all transactions occur via computer networks among traders worldwide rather than on one centralized exchange.

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  • Economic performance
  • Geopolitical sentiment
  • Price speculation

Forwards and Futures Markets

A forward contract is a private agreement between two parties to buy a currency at a future date and a predetermined price in the OTC markets. In the forwards market, contracts are bought and sold OTC between two parties, who determine the terms of the agreement between themselves.

A futures contract is a standardized agreement between two parties to take delivery of a currency at a future date and a predetermined price. Futures trade on exchanges and not OTC. In the futures market, futures contracts are bought and sold based on a standard size and settlement date on public commodities markets, such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).

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