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Sunday, April 14, 2013

No restrictions on Short Selling

In stocks, they make it hard to short. Why? They want stocks to go up and not down. They want an upward bias to aid corporate America in growing their stock prices. They have no incentive to help you short a horrible stock or one with declining earnings.
However, in forex, you can short just as easily as you can "go long" (buy). The fills are just as quick. There isn't any need for a firm to check for "shares to borrow" like in stocks. There are no "uptick rules" either. There's none of that nonsense to worry about. Besides, in currencies, you are always going long one currency in the pair and essentially short the other. So they don't care which one you. The foreign exchange market or forex market as it is often called is the market in which currencies are traded. Currency Trading is the world's largest market consisting of almost $2 trillion in daily volume and as investors learn more and become more interested, the market continues to rapidly grow. Not only is the forex market the largest market in the world, but it is also the most liquid, differentiating it from the other markets. In addition, there is no central marketplace for the exchange of currency, but instead the trading is conducted over-the-counter.
Unlike the stock market, this decentralization of the market allows traders to choose from a number of different dealers to make trades with and allows for comparison of prices. Typically, the larger a dealer is the better access they have to pricing at the largest banks in the world, and are able to pass that on to their clients. The spot currency market is open twenty-four hours a day, five days a week, with currencies being traded around the world in all of the major financial centers.

All trades that take place in the foreign exchange market involve the buying of one currency and the selling of another currency simultaneously. This is because the value of one currency is determined by its comparison to another currency. The first currency of a currency pair is called the "base currency," while the second currency is called the counter currency.
The currency pair shows how much of the counter currency is needed to purchase one unit of the base currency. Currency pairs can be thought of as a single unit that can be bought or sold. When purchasing a currency pair, the base currency is being bought, while the counter currency is being sold. The opposite is true, when the sale of a currency pair takes place. There are four major currency pairs that are traded most often in the foreign exchange market. These include the EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD, and USD/CHF.

Automated trading systems are MQ4 software language pre-programmed strategies that automatically execute trades on your account based on the rules of the strategy. Automated trading systems can run on your home computer, on hosted servers, through auto trading platforms or as managed accounts.
There are times that governments through their Central Banks stand in the way of market forces impacting their currencies, and hence, intervene to keep currencies from deviating markedly from undesired levels. Currency interventions have a notable and oftentimes temporary impact on FX markets. A central bank could undertake unilateral purchases/sales of its currency against another currency; or engage in concerted intervention in which it collaborates with other central banks for a much more pronounced effect. Alternatively, some countries can manage to move their currencies, merely by hinting, or threatening to intervene.