How to Understand Forex Trading Strategies

The foreign currency exchange market has no central exchanges like the stock market and little regulatory oversight. With this beginner's guide, learn the trading basics.

You will need

  • Internet access

Step 1 Know common forex terms Know common forex terms. “Currency pair” compares prices between two currencies. “Ask” is a currency buy price quote. “Bid” is a currency sell price.

Step 2 Know common currency letter symbols Know common currency letter symbols. “USD” is the United States dollar, “CAD” is the Canadian dollar, “GBP” is the English pound, and “JPY” is the Japanese yen.

Step 3 Visit the National Futures Association website Visit the National Futures Association website and take their Forex Online Learning Program for an easy-to-understand overview of foreign currency trading.

Step 4 Verify if forex dealers are NFA registered Verify if a forex dealer is registered with the NFA’s Background Affiliation Status Information Center before you trade.

Step 5 Sign up for a free forex trading demo account Sign up for a 30-day free no-risk forex demo account at an online dealer. Demos can include trade simulation software, news feeds, and analyst trade strategy advice.