One of the most lucrative investments in the world today is forex investment. There are virtually no barriers to enter the forex market, and individuals with low investments can play for large returns. Much, of course, depends on how well the investors understand the forex market.
There was a time when investment in the forex markets was limited to banks and financial institutions because of large transaction sizes and stringent financial requirements. This has been changed by the arrival of online trading. Today, anyone can invest in the forex market, and make money.
The investors can trade directly or through forex brokers. Even banks now acknowledge the entry of small investors and provide them online trading packages. These offer high leverage to the clients thereby giving the opportunity of making high gains with relatively small amounts.
For instance, an individual who opens a mini account with a forex broker can enjoy a leverage of 100:1. In other word, with an investment of $1000, this investor can buy or sell foreign currencies in 'lots' $100,000. Most brokers allow investors to open mini forex accounts with an investment of $250.
This has led to a dramatic increase in the number of trades in the forex market. There is high liquidity in the market with the daily turnover being as high as $ 2 trillion. There is also a great deal of transparency in forex trading. The investors can deal in multiple currencies in multiple markets. All this trade is conducted in real time. There are no time barriers or physical boundaries.
However, the instant nature of the trade, and the large volumes that are traded everyday, require investors to know the working of forex markets. They must have a clear trading strategy if they want their investments to deliver returns. Otherwise, they may find this market too volatile and risky.