IC Markets offers Forex traders some of the tightest spreads out of all Forex exchange brokers globally with our EUR/USD spread averaging 0.1 pips. Tight spreads combined with our low latency enterprise grade hardware makes IC Markets the ideal choice for active day traders and those using Expert Advisors. The following table shows our minimum and average spreads across all of the major currency pairs. Yes, margin trading might sounds attractive as 1,000 cash in a 200 to 1 margin rates account will have the power of purchasing currency worth $200,000. It magnifies the ROI of the trades with less money outlay on the table. But, as most experts say, leverage is a two way street. The brokers want you to use high leverage because that means more spread income because your position size determines the amount of spread income; the bigger the position the more spread income the broker earns. Not to forget the market does not always go in the direction you want, leveraging can magnifies your ROI in your Forex trade but it as well can turn your losses big.
Another important distinction is that Forex Currency Trading is not centered on any exchange such as the NASDAQ. There is no central governing authority or organization and trading is carried out between all the major banking institutions of the world.
The data from Bank for international Settlements shows the estimated turnover from foreign exchange markets global to be $3.98 trillion on a daily basis, as at April 2010. However, specialist firms on Forex foreign exchange came up with US$4 trillion as the average daily turnover from foreign exchange markets global.
One way to deal with the foreign exchange risk is to engage in a forward transaction. In this transaction, money does not actually change hands until some agreed upon future date. A buyer and seller agree on an exchange rate for any date in the future, and the transaction occurs on that date, regardless of what the market rates are then. The duration of the trade can be one day, a few days, months or years. Usually the date is decided by both parties. Then the forward contract is negotiated and agreed upon by both parties.
The gold standard was dropped around the beginning of World War 2 as major European countries did not have enough gold to support all the currency they were printing to pay for large military projects. Although the gold standard was ultimately dropped, the precious metal never lost its spot as the ultimate form of monetary value.