U.S. Non-Farm Employment Change to Determine Today's Trends

The U.S. Non-Farm Employment Change Data is set to be published at 12:30 GMT, and is expected to be the most important news event when it comes to market volatility. Traders are also advised to follow the G20 Meeting that will commence today, and the U.S. Unemployment Claims data at 12.30 GMT. In the meantime, open your positions in the majors now, as today's trading gets under way.

USD - Dollar Trades Lower Before U.S. Jobs Report

The U.S. Dollar was slightly stronger vs. the EUR on Thursday, as investors squared positions ahead of the U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls report later today. The USD also traded near a week low against the British Pound before a U.S. government report forecast to showed employers eliminated fewer jobs last month, sapping demand for the greenback as a refuge from the global recession. The USD traded at $1.6323 per pound from $1.6275 yesterday, after falling to $1.6413, the lowest level since Aug. 25.

The greenback briefly extended gains against the Japanese Yen on Thursday, after the Institute for Supply Management said its services index rose to 48.4 in August from 46.4 in July. The U.S. currency finished trading at 92.58 Yen from 92.28 Yen, and is poised for a 4th weekly loss, the longest stretch since December.

Today's Non-Farm payrolls data is expected to have a strong impact on the U.S currency. Any result could be a surprise, and the Dollar could go either way as a result. In any case, traders are unsure how the market will react to today's data. A weak report could feed risk aversion, boost Treasuries and actually aid the U.S Dollar. Then again, a better than expected result might be seen as a sign of relative U.S. economic strength, and lift the Dollar. Or it could also encourage risk-taking and aid commodities and higher-yielding currencies at the Dollar's expense.

EUR - EUR Drops versus the Dollar on ECB President Trichet's Comments

The EUR gave back early gains against most major counterparts after the European Central Bank kept Interest Rates at a record low of 1%, and stated that the period of contraction has come to an end in the Euro-Zone. The EUR/USD cross slipped to $1.4250, after having slipped from a peak of $1.4346 on Thursday. This was after the European Central Bank President, Jean Claude Trichet made less hawkish statements than many expected.

Meanwhile, the European currency also headed for its first weekly decline versus the Pound since Aug. 7 after ECB's Trichet warned yesterday of a rather uneven recovery, even as the ECB raised its growth forecasts. The British Pound advanced as economic data showed the U.K. services sector growing more rapidly than had been anticipated last month. The news sent the GBP/USD cross as high as $1.643 during Thursday's trading session.

Trichet's remarks that the economic recovery is not strong enough to start withdrawing monetary stimulus measures hurt the single currency too. Still, market players reported good support under $1.4200, which should hold into the today's job reports data from the U.S.

JPY - The Yen Pulls Back From 7 Week High

The Japanese Yen weakened against 14 of its 16 major counterparts on Thursday on speculation Asian stocks will extend a global equity rally, spurring demand for higher-yielding assets. The JPY retreated from a 7 week high against the U.S Dollar as higher share prices prompted investors to trim holdings of the low-risk Japanese currency.

The Yen's retreat also occurred due to a rally in Chinese shares prompting investors to trim holdings of the low-risk JPY. Japan's currency may decline for a second day versus the EUR as futures on the Nikkei 225 Stock Average expiring in September closed at 10,235 in New York yesterday, higher than 10,230 in Osaka.

Crude Oil - Oil Under Pressure on OPEC Output Expectations

Crude Oil ended Thursday's volatile trading without any gains as investors reacted to a weekly jobless report. Prices settled at $68.12 a barrel, as disappointing news from the labor market outweighed economic optimism from data showing that the U.S. service sector and retail sales improved. Traders are also eyeing news that big Oil producers are increasing output. OPEC is expected to leave output targets unchanged when it next meets on September 9th in Vienna.

U.S. Crude prices have been range bound between $65 to $75 a barrel since the start of August, fluctuating on the latest clues about the speed of an impending economic recovery. However, there's not a whole lot of momentum in the market in either direction. The trend for Crude Oil, which has been down, is still in force this week. Oil prices are not likely to break out of the confines of the current range in the short term, analysts say.

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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!