The U.S. dollar is mixed as it gained against the euro, Swiss franc, New Zealand dollar and Japanese yen, but lost ground against the CAD, GBP and AUD. Political risk continues to impact markets as U.S. uncertainty, the official triggering of Brexit and the upcoming French elections make investors anxious even as energy markets rebound thanks to a possible extension to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) production cut deal. On the diplomatic front, Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the United States and is scheduled to meet U.S. President Donald Trump for the first in-person meeting on April 6-7. The Financial Stability Board, a watchdog that advises the G20 finance ministers, has set up a task force to recommend reforms of the forex market. As a result, the window in which the daily 4pm fix is calculated has been extended from one minute to five minutes. This makes it harder to manipulate.
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All forex trades involve two currencies because you're betting on the value of a currency against another. Think of EUR/USD, the most-traded currency pair in the world. EUR, the first currency in the pair, is the base, and USD, the second, is the counter. When you see a price quoted on your platform, that price is how much one euro is worth in US dollars. You always see two prices because one is the buy price and one is the sell. The difference between the two is the spread. When you click buy or sell, you are buying or selling the first currency in the pair.
Actually, there are three ways in which individuals, corporate and institutions trade Forex - the spot market, the forwards market and the futures market. The spot market witnesses the largest quantum of trades - that is because both the futures and forward markets are based on the underlying real asset i.e. the spot market. However, this was not always the case. The futures market was more favored in the past because it was available for a longer period of time for individual investors. But, now with electronic trading, the spot market surpasses all others. However, companies and institutions prefer the futures and forward markets more than individual investors, as they need to hedge their foreign exchange risks.
Most successful traders start small, so they can learn. While the Internet is full of stories of people quitting their jobs to day trade forex after buying some course or system, they usually come with a disclaimer: Performance not typical.� Success takes patience and practice.