Forex is short for foreign exchange, but the actual asset class we are referring to is currencies. Due to the fact that business is global there is a need to transact with most other countries in their own particular currency. After the accord at Bretton Woods in 1971, when currencies were allowed to float freely against one another, the values of individual currencies have varied, which has given rise to the need for foreign exchange services. Investors looking to enter the world of foreign exchange can find themselves frustrated and quickly spiraling downward, losing capital rapidly and optimism even faster.
Investing in forex - whether in futures, options or spot - offers great opportunity, but it is a vastly different atmosphere than the equities market. Even the most successful stock traders will fail miserably in forex by treating the markets similarly. Equity markets involve the transfer of ownership, while the currency market is run by pure speculation.
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