CFD FOREX Trading Knowledge
There is lots of knowledge and interest out there about FOREX trading. FOREX (Foreign Exchange) is simply purchasing a currency at one price and selling it at another price to make a profit. Currency markets are well known around the world, and your average Joe will have exposure to them when you go travelling to Europe or Asia as you will need to change your currency to be able to purchase things in the new country. You also may have exposure to foreign exchange markets if you ever made a purchase from overseas and had to calculate what the cost of the product was in your local currency.
There are many providers out there that let you trade FOREX. You can simply open an account and say you want to purchase x amount of dollars and sell x amount of Euros and hey presto, it all happens automatically.
Contracts for difference (CFDs) work as a form of financial derivative that creates a contract between two parties that states that one party will have to pay the other the difference in the value of the underlying asset that the contract was made on.
What this means is that you can make a contract saying you will buy the USD at $1.10 Canadian Dollars, and if it is higher than that (say $1.20 Canadian Dollars) at the time you decide to sell it, the other party will have to pay you the difference, but if it is lower (say $1.00) you will have to pay them the difference. This is basically the same as trading the currency its self.
FOREX trading accounts will also allow you to purchase on leverage (borrow to make bigger purchases than the actual amount of cash you have). CFD accounts also let you do this.
As you can see, CFD accounts allow you to do almost everything that a standard FOREX account could do, but they also offer so much more. Like the ability to trade shares in almost any market, the ability to trade indices, commodities and many other different options.
So I ask you, why would you trade FOREX when you could trade CFDs?