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Forex is an abbreviation of Foreign Exchange (also referred to as FX) and it is the largest financial market in the world.
The Forex market is the place where currencies are traded (currencies are money that is used as an exchange medium). In other words, it is the place where currencies are being sold and bought. In the Forex market all currencies are traded in real time.
Trading with currencies always means that there are two simultaneous transactions taking place. If a currency is being bought, it is also being sold. To better understand this notion, think of currencies as both the goods you are buying AND the method with which you’re paying for the goods.
Since the FX market is the place where currencies are traded in real time, people may trade one currency for another and make a profit off of this transaction. Profits are made when one is able to determine which currency’s value will increase by the end of a pre-determined time period (such time periods may be short or long). The Forex market is open 24 hours a day, five days a week and it is based in four major cities: New York, London, Sydney, and Tokyo. The Forex market is open to individuals over the age of eighteen.
While Forex trading may sound daunting, it really isn’t. It can be easily comprehended and understood without prior experience in finance or economy. It is challenging and exciting, thought provoking and manageable, stimulating and filled with opportunities.
Now that you know a thing or two about the Foreign Exchange market, we invite you to explore eToro – the world’s largest trading social network. You too can make your mark in the Foreign Exchange market thanks to the countless opportunities presented by eToro and eToro OpenBook. Use eToro as your gateway to the ever-growing world of Forex trading.