Forex.... is it for you?

If you are the average investor that has a day job, the answer is simple....NO!


Forex - FX -
The market in which currencies are traded. The forex market is the largest, most liquid market in the world with an average traded value that exceeds $1.9 trillion per day and includes all of the currencies in the world.
There is no central marketplace for currency exchange; trade is conducted over the counter. The forex market is open 24 hours a day, five days a week and currencies are traded worldwide among the major financial centers of London, New York, Tokyo, Zürich, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and Sydney.
The forex is the largest market in the world in terms of the total cash value traded, and any person, firm or country may participate in this market.

Basically you exchange one type of currency for another currency Ex: Dollars to Dinars.  You then hope that the price of a Dinar rises so that you can trade it back in for more Dollars than you first bought the Dinars with in the first place.
The Problem:  Most FX trading platforms wont let you open an account for less than $10,000-$50,000.  FX is a game of hair-thin margins.  If a Dollar is currently worth 82.442 Algerian Dinars, you have to hold the Dinars until your investment increases enough that when you trade them back into Dollars that you are able to make a profit AND cover your fees!  This is great for the Large investor because he can turn $100,000 into $101,000 if Dinars raise to 82.452, if you did this with an small $10,000 investment you would only clear $100 before fees.  Do you really want to invest $10,000 for $100.  That is why you must have the time to watch FX prices like a hawk and always have your finger on the "Sell" button! 

I tried this the hillbilly way buy purchasing the New Iraqi Dinars on eBay.  I purchased over $250,000 Iraqi Dinars for under $300.  I thought I was going to get rich.  Turns out that is worth about $215 today.  I have had these for about 8 years now!  I've lost money at this point, but as a lesson, I still have all of the Dinars in my desk drawer as a reminder to do my research first!

Quote of the Day:
I cant remember where I heard this quote but it still works....  The best way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back into your pocket!

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