High Volatility might continue this Week

After depreciating consistently over the past few weeks, the USD is now traded over 1.41 against the EUR, and over 1.62 against the GBP. This week on Thursday, at 11.45 GMT, the ECB will deliver its periodical Interest Rates statement. Forecasts show that the number is expected to stay at 1%. Such a decision could create strong volatility for the leading currencies, as many have expected the ECB to force movement in the EUR. Forex traders should prepare for what is shaping up to be a fool of opportunities' trading week.

USD - Dollar Losses Strength at All Fronts

Last week, the Dollar continued its bearish trend against all the major currencies, and the EUR/USD saw a six month high, as the pair was traded at the 1.4150 level.

Last weeks publications from the U.S economy were characterized with contradicting indications. While some showed that the public has retained its faith in the U.S economy, others have shown that it is still early to say that the crisis is behind us. And it appears that until sharp evident will sign the end of the crisis, the Dollar's bullishness could continue.

The main news from the U.S last week were the Consumer Confidence, which delivered a surprising positive result, providing the best figure in 8 months. However, the weekly Unemployment Claims remained above 600K for the 17 consecutive times. This number is simply overwhelming. In addition, the New Home Sales report, which is considered to be one of the most reliable indicators regarding the housing sector, showed a rather disappointing figure, as only 352K new single-family homes were sold during April.

As for the week ahead, a batch of data is expected from the U.S economy, and this could be a fantastic week for traders to enjoy the heavy volatility of the market in order to enlarge their profits. Special attention should be given to the Non-Farm Employment Change expected on Friday, as this indicator tends to have an immense impact on the leading currencies and on top of them the USD. Currently it seems that if the actual result will be similar to forecasts of 520K, a reverse of trends could take place by the weekend.

EUR - EUR Soars on Positive German Data

Last week, traders who went long on the EUR made some significant profits. The EUR saw rising trends against the USD, the GBP and the JPY, as its most impressive uptrend was against the Dollar.

The two main news events from the Euro-Zone last week came from the German economy. Germany holds the largest and strongest economy in the Euro-Zone, and thus the relevant publications from this economy usually have a hefty impact over the EUR.

On Monday, the German Business Climate report was published, and even though it failed to reach expectations, the result was still the best figure in 6 months, showing that businesses around Germany are starting to feel improvement in their current business conditions. Then on Thursday, the German Unemployment Change indicator showed that merely one thousand individuals have lost their jobs during April. This was the best figure in 6 months as well. The combination of the two surveys seems to be 1 of the main reasons that strengthened the EUR against the major currencies.

Looking ahead to this week, the most notable publication from the Euro-Zone will be the Minimum bid Rate, which is of course the European Interest Rates announcement. Currently, analysts suspect that the European Central Bank (ECB) will leave interest rates at 1.00%, however, in case that the ECB will decide to manipulate rates, this will sure have a high impact on the EUR.

JPY - Mixed Signals from the Japanese Economy

During last week's trading session, the Yen saw mixed result against the leading currencies. Whilst the JPY depreciated against the EUR and the Pound, it saw rising trends against the USD.

The leading indicators which were published from the Japanese economy showed mixed signals that could explain the large volatility of the Yen. The Japanese Trade Balance, which measures the difference in value between imported and exported goods during April, delivered an unexpected negative figure, making it the ninth month in a raw on which Japan sees more importing activity than exporting. These figures are devastating for the Japanese economy, which is built on its export. On the other hand, The Preliminary Industrial Production showed an increase of 5.2% in April as opposed to March. This means that the Japanese consumers feel more secure in their economic condition, and this has the potential of pulling the country out of recession.

Ad for this week, traders should pay special attention to the Capital Spending report, scheduled for Wednesday. This report measures the change in the total value of new capital expenditures made by businesses, and is expected to show a 27.1 decrease in the last quarter. If the real result will be similar, a bearish trend for the JPY could take place.

Oil - Crude Oil Breaches the $67 line.

Crude Oil is traded near six month high as a barrel of Crude Oil is currently valued for over $65.

Crude Oil was boosted from the weak Dollar, as many other commodities such as Gold reacted in similar ways to the weakening USD. The one thing that these commodities have in common is that they are all valued in Dollars, and as such, when a dramatic change in the Dollar value itself takes place it usually has an immediate impact on commodities such as Crude Oil as well.

In addition, it seems that the summer is supporting oil's prices as well. As the vacation season begins, more and more air flight companies which were under the risk of filing for bankruptcy, are reporting higher than expected profits, stimulating them to expand their business activity, and therefore dramatically elevate the demand for oil. For as long as demand rises, and the USD depreciated, the prices of Crude Oil could reach higher, maybe even $70 a barrel.

Looking ahead to this week, traders should follow the main news from the U.S economy, as the changes of the Dollar will surely continue to dominant oil's fluctuations. And if the USD will expand its free fall, don't be surprised if a barrel of oil will reach $70.

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What is Forex?

If you would go out on a dinner with your friends or family and you mentioned that you were trading on the Forex market most of them wouldn’t know what you were talking about. The worst thing is that most of the Forex traders that join the Forex market don’t know what they are doing. Understanding what Forex is, is the first good step to your success at Forex trading.

The foreign exchange market (Currency, Forex, or FX) is where currency trading takes place. It is where banks and other official institutions facilitate the buying and selling of foreign currencies. Forex transactions typically involve one party purchasing a quantity of one currency in exchange for paying a quantity of another. The foreign exchange market that we see today started evolving during the 1970s when world over countries gradually switched to floating exchange rate from their erstwhile exchange rate regime, which remained fixed as per the Bretton Woods system till 1971.

Today, the Forex market is one of the largest and most liquid financial markets in the world, and includes trading between large banks, central banks, currency speculators, corporations, governments, and other institutions. The average daily volume in the global foreign exchange and related markets is continuously growing. Traditional daily turnover was reported to be over US$3.2 trillion in April 2007 by the Bank for International Settlements. Since then, the market has continued to grow. According to Euromoney's annual Forex Poll, volumes grew a further 41% between 2007 and 2008.

Forex Turnover

Forex Turnover
Main foreign exchange market turnover, 1988 - 2007, measured in billions of USD.
The purpose of Forex market is to facilitate trade and investment. The need for a foreign exchange market arises because of the presence of multifarious international currencies such as US Dollar, Pound Sterling, Yen, etc., and the need for trading in such currencies. Since you aren’t buying anything physical this kind of trading can be confusing. When buying a currency think of it as buying a part in that particular country’s economy because the currency rate reflects the economical situation of the country when compared to others.


List of most popular currencies on the Forex market

Forex used to be a closed market because only the “big boys” because you needed between 10 and 50 million $ to open an account. But today, with the development of internet, online Forex brokers have the possibility to offer their services to “little” traders. All you need to start is a computer, fast internet connection and information which you can find on this page also.

This enormous market is like the dangerous sea where you can meet lots of sharks and dangerous waters but at the same time it is the only one where two weeks of trading can hypothetically bring you $1,000,000 out of $1,000 of initial investment.

This is certainly hypothetically because a lot of newbie traders deal with their trades as gambling, that surely bring them to having nothing in the end. You should always keep the phrase "be careful!" in your mind. This market would give you its profit possibilities only if you learn the basic things hard and make lots of demo trading.

The statistics is that as much as 95% of traders come to losing their money at Forex, 5% have profit and less than 1% of traders make large fortune at Forex. You shouldn't produce, sell or advertise anything trading at Forex. Your assets are your knowledge, experience and a small amount of cash.

This market is a platform for banks, transnational corporations and individual traders to change the currencies they possess into other ones. This is the spot Forex market. At this market you can trade with up to 1:400 leverage which means that you'll get $400 on your account for each dollar invested. So, you can trade with the $400,000 sum having invested $1,000 onto your account.

Forex is unique among other world markets because in any time of day and night, somewhere in the world, a financial centre is open for business, banks and corporations exchange currency all the time, with a little lower frequency during the weekend.

Why to trade on Forex?

1. There is no commission fee for trading at Forex.
2. There is no intermediary, you can trade directly at Forex.
3. Forex is open 24-hours a day.
4. Nobody can influence the market for a longer period.
5. High liquidity.
6. Free demo accounts, analysis and charts.
7. Small accounts that allow everyone to try out his luck.

Hope this has answered a lot of questions you were asking yourself about Forex and that you can now start trading. Also make sure that you check out other articles on this blog which can help you earn your fortune.

Good luck to everyone!