Do you want to trade in the forex market? The Forex market is unique and fast changing so trading in the market takes some education and experience.
The forex market is the largest and most active market in the world with trades of approximately four trillion dollars every day. The forex market offers a lot of opportunity for traders because of its growing trading volume. The number of forex brokers is also growing every day. Be sure you are working with an experienced and trusted forex broker.
Here are some guidelines you can use to help in selecting a broker.
Check for regulation
When you choose a forex broker, the first thing that you need to confirm is that they are a regulated broker. Let us assume that the firm of the broker is based in Canada; then, in this case, the broker should be regulated by the CySec.
Explore the spread
You must explore the spreads offered by a broker before making your selection. Ideally, the spread should not be larger than five pips for the major currencies. GBP/USD, EUR/USD, AUD/USD are some of the major currencies.
Analyze the response time
When you choose a forex broker, confirm that they are very responsive. If a broker isn’t responding to your trade requests very quickly, they are causing you to miss opportunities. If they don’t move quickly on trade requests find another broker. If you want to test the response time of your chosen broker simply send an email to the broker and see how quickly they respond. If they don’t reply very quickly, opt for another broker who does.
Set up a demo account
It is natural to be apprehensive when you are about to select a forex broker. A good approach is to start with a demo account. The demo account gives you an opportunity to test your trading skills without fear. Plus, you get the chance to try out different trading strategies.
You can also check the effectiveness of the tools by using a demo account. Play around with the user interface. Is it user-friendly? A clunky, hard to use system can make trading challenging.
Make sure you will have stop-loss protection
When you trade in this market, you want to protect yourself from large losses. There are times when you want to ensure that losses do not exceed a specific amount. The stop-loss feature ensures that your losses will be restricted to a specified amount.
At the time of selection, you need to confirm that the stop-loss feature is available.
How does the broker present themselves? For example, a website can speak volumes about a company. It should have a professional appearance and include volumes of information about the company, it’s services and it’s team. In addition, it should provide a library of educational material to help traders gain a deeper understanding of important topics.
Sufficient education material should be available for the trader
As mentioned above, it is important that the platform provides educational content to the trader. For example, if you trade in the Canadian market, then the platform needs to offer information about Canadian Dollar CAD currency news, analysis and rate forecast.
What makes the forex market appealing for the retail trader is leverage. Most brokers offer a leverage ratio of about 100:1. The ration can even go as high as 400:1. Remember that highly leveraged trades brings a high level of risk. If you are a new trader, you should avoid highly leveraged trades. Once you’ve gained experience, having the ability to leverage trades can be a good thing.
Engaging a broker is an important decision and you should do your research before settling on one. Compare brokers and read reviews before making a final choice. Hopefully, you will find these suggestions helpful in the process.