Tuesday, January 13, 2009
When you start your forex trading you will find that the forex brokers - online or conventional, do not ask for a commission for their service. But of course, they do not perform their operations for free. They make money by charging a “spread” from the investor. It is therefore very important to find out a low spread forex trading platform.
The spread is the difference between the bid price and the ask price for the currency being traded. The broker adds this spread onto the price of the trade and keep it as their fee for trading. So you can consider this as a hidden commission.
One good thing about the spread is you pay it when you buy and not when you sell. A trading of 4 pips vs. 5 pips makes a difference of 25% on your trading costs! This makes the point clear why you would need a low spread forex trading platform.
The popular currency pairs like the EURUSD or GBPUSD typically have the lowest spreads. Some brokers offer different spreads for different types of accounts. A low spread forex trading platform may not offer a good mini trading and have higher spreads than a full contract account. Obviously the smaller the spread on currency pairs the better the conditions for you as investor and trader.
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