Amazingly enough it was only a few years ago that trading currencies or trading stocks and shares was purely an offline transaction and to hunt for a broker often meant reading through the adverts of the Financial Times.
To buy stocks and shares, you would have to hunt down and place a call to your stock brokerage or even your bank and start moving money around to buy the stocks and shares and then move the money back around when you sold the stocks and share. Well how those archaic times are fast becoming distant memories.
Now we are faced with a huge explosion of online alternatives for trading stocks, trading shares and trading currency (forex/fx).
I found trading shares quite exhilarating until the stock markets became stagnant and the movement on my stock profiles were minimum. I needed something more exciting, something a little more risky, yet could deliver the adrenalin rush I needed when I was on a big win.
So my attentions turned to forex/fx/foreign exchange or also known as spread betting. This is when the forex hunt really begins. The initial stages of a good forex hunt are quite simple and if you have been investing for sometime, they are generally common-sense.
When hunting for forex brokers you have to take in various factors. These factors include the companies themselves, like any good online investment, research the company, look for scam warnings and forex reviews and if you are happy with the feedback, that’s the first part of finding a good forex brokerage complete.
Then when you have found a forex brokerage, you need to decide which forex broker is right for you, factors to decide upon are regulated forex brokers or unregulated forex brokers. Providing you have done your due diligence then you can.t go far wrong with either. Many American/USA forex traders choose offshore as it is a better way to manage their trading profits, although most European forex traders opt for either FSA or CySec regulated brokers.
Once you successfully find your forex broker, then you need to decide how you are going to fund your forex trades. Part of the forex hunt is to decide what payment processor works best for you. Bearing in mind that sometimes, you might be moving thousands of euros/dollars in profit! Some forex brokers allow in addition to bank transfers, e-payments like MoneyBookers or PayPal.
Signing up with the forex broker can differ immensely regulated forex brokers require documentation to be sent/faxed or uploaded, normally before you can begin forex trading. Unregulated forex brokers don.t normally require any/as much documentation.
Once you are registered, you can then transfer money to your forex account and begin your forex trading adventure. So despite the initial groundwork I found my forex hunt a good adventure and am already conducting trades with various forex brokers that bring in a steady additional and welcome income stream to my investment portfolio.
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Source by Aaron Vast