How is currency trading done?
Retail currency trading is typically done through brokers and market makers. Traders can place trades through their brokers who will in turn place a corresponding trade on the interbank market.
Why do currency values change?
Currency values can change for many reasons. Sometimes they react to political and economic news, sometimes they are driven by speculators, and sometimes they are driven by international business flows. If companies in the United States are importing large quantities of products made in Europe, they will need to exchange their US Dollars for Euros to pay for the products. When this is done in very large quantity over a short period of time, it raises the demand for Euros and the value of the Euro versus the US Dollar increases. This happens because dollars are being sold on the open market, while Euros are being bought.
Is currency trading risky?
Currency trading can be very risky. Currencies tend to be very volatile compared to other markets. The real key to success with currency trading is to use conservative risk management. There are many components to effective currency risk management, but the bottom line is to use caution and have a trading plan.
Who trades currencies?
Currencies are traded by individual retail investors, financial institutions, and corporations doing business. Retail investors and banks are trade to make profits and corporations usually trade in the normal course of the international business process.