We’ve discussed forex trading before, and in fact a year ago we even wrote up some reasons to consider getting into the market. There are truly a lot of benefits to putting some of your investing funds into this sort of market, even if you’re primarily looking for a way to diversify your portfolio. However, while the benefits we discussed previously—high returns, convenience, etc.—are all perfectly legitimate, it’s also important, as with every investment, to make sure this is the right market for you.
These are some of the questions you should be asking in order to make that determination.
Do Trading Hours Affect You?
Trading hours are often mentioned as being among the chief benefits of forex trading. Because there is always currency being traded somewhere in the world, and because you don’t conduct forex trades through a stock exchange, you can manage your account at all hours of the day or night. It certainly sounds nice., but before allowing this to sway you, consider whether or not it will really make a significant difference for you. A lot of us like to think that we could manage a financial account in the evening hours, perhaps even as a sort of side job. But flexible hours don’t mean less time spent. Managing a portfolio is time-consuming no matter when you do it.
Do You Understand The Market?
There are a lot of seductive qualities of the forex market, and again, plenty of legitimate reasons to consider getting involved. However, most of those reasons are broad: high liquidity, flexible hours, high profit potential, etc. Always keep in mind, however, that if you hope to take advantage of these aspects of the market, you still need to understand what you’re doing with your trades. Forex markets involve different sets of influences than ordinary stocks or commodities, and it’s important to educate yourself before starting up an account.
Do You Understand The Risk?
When you hear phrases like “high profit potential,” it’s easy to get the idea that the market being discussed is a low-risk environment. Relatively speaking, that may be true as forex compares to other markets, but always remember that there’s no such thing as a low-risk investment. Asking yourself “how risky forex trading is” is an important part of the process as you consider whether or not to dive into the market. Know that liquidity can change as a result of major world events, and that it’s up to you and you alone to do due research on your broker. Factors like these contribute risk, even if the market itself appears at a glance to be a little bit safer than some alternatives.
Do You Know How To Trade Remote Currencies?
Some of the benefits of forex trading—the huge market size and the flexible hours, among them—don’t mean much if you can’t establish a relationship with remote currencies. That is to say if you’re trying to deal in euros when the markets in the U.S. are closed, but you don’t actually have any or understand how to do so, you’re not realizing the full potential of the market. This requires some research, but suffice it to say there are ways of purchasing options and contracts that swing on the performance of remote currency pairs, whether or not you actually own those currencies.
Most of these questions come down to education. Any investment requires careful preparation and organization, and by addressing these questions you can set yourself up more effectively to enter a new market.