Banks and the Forex Market

The forex market is all about trading between countries, the currencies of those countries and the timing of investing in certain currencies. The FX market is trading between countries, usually completed with a broker or a financial company. Many people are involved in forex trading, which is similar to stock market trading, but FX trading is completed on a much larger overall scale. Much of the trading does take place between banks, governments, brokers and small amounts of trades will take place in retail settings where the average person involved in trading is known as a spectator. Financial market and financial conditions are making the forex market trading go up and down daily. Millions are traded on a daily basis between many of the largest countries and this is going to include some amount of trading in smaller countries as well.

From the studies over the years, most trades in the forex market are done between banks and this is called interbank. Banks make up about 50 percent of the trading in the forex market. So, if banks are widely using this method to make money for stockholders and for their own bettering of business, you know the money must be there for the smaller investor, the fund managers to use to increase the amount of interest paid to accounts. Banks trade money daily to increase the amount of money they hold. Overnight a bank will invest millions in forex markets, and then the next day make that money available to the public in their savings, checking accounts and etc.

Commercial companies are also trading more often in the forex markets. The commercial companies such as Deutsche bank, UBS, Citigroup, and others such as HSBC, Braclays, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan Chase, and still others such as Goldman Sachs, ABN Amro, Morgan Stanley, and so on are actively trading in the forex markets to increase the wealth of stock holders. Many smaller companies may not be involved in the forex markets as extensively as some large companies are but the options are still there.

Central banks are the banks that hold international roles in the foreign markets. The supply of money, the availability of money, and the interest rates are controlled by central banks. Central banks play a large role in the forex trading and are located in Tokyo, New York and in London. These are not the only central locations for forex trading but these are among the very largest involved in this market strategy. Sometimes banks, commercial investors and the central banks will have large losses, and this, in turn, is passed on to investors. Other times, the investors and banks will have huge gains.

Get Started With FOREX Trading

Forex trading is all about putting your money into other currencies, so you can gain the interest for the night, for the time period, or the difference in trading money all around. Forex trading does involve other assets along with money, but because you are investing in other countries and in other businesses that are dealing in other currencies the basis for the money you make or lose will be based on the trading of money.

Constant trading is done in the forex markets as time zones will vary and the markets will open in one country while another is near closing. What happens in one market will have an effect on the other countries forex markets, but it is not always bad or good, sometimes the margins of trading are near each other.

A forex market will be present when two countries are involved in trading, and when money is traded for goods, services or a combination of these things. Currency is the money that trades hands, from one to another. Often times, a bank is going to be the source of forex trading, as millions of dollars are traded daily. There is nearly two trillion dollars traded daily on the forex market. Should you get involved in forex trading? If you are already involved in the stock market, you have some idea of what forex trading really is all about.

The stock market involves buying shares of a company, and you watch how that company does, waiting for a bigger return. In the forex markets, you are purchasing items or products, or goods, and you are paying money for them. As you do this, you are gaining or losing as the currency exchange differs daily from country to country. To better prepare you for the forex markets you can learn about trading and purchasing online using free ‘game’ like software.

You will log on and create an account. Entering information about what you are interested in and what you want to do. The ‘game’ will allow you to make purchases and trades, involving different currencies, so you can then see first hand what a gain or loss will be like. As you continue on with this fake account you will see first hand how to make decisions based on what you know, which means you will have to read about the market changes or you will have to take a brokers information at value and play from there.

If you, as an individual want to be involved in forex trading, you must get involved through a broker, or a financial institution. Individuals are also known as spectators, even if you are investing money because the amount of money you are investing is minimal compared to the millions of dollars that are invested by governments and by banks at any given time. This does not mean you can’t get involved. Your broker or investment advisor will be able to tell you more about how you can be involved in forex trading. In the US, there are many regulations and laws in regards to who can handle forex trading for US citizens so if you are searching the internet for a broker, be sure you read the print, and the information about where the company is located and if it is legal for you to do business with that company.

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Test Your Way To A Profitable Trading System

After you have found a profitable trading system that you already back-tested, how can you be sure that this system will produce the same gains in future?

Nobody can predict the future, your system can easily make losses in next years or can be no tradable.

There are some tests you must do before accepting a trading system, these tests swill show the robustness of your system and when passing these tests, it will be more likely to show gain in future.

Test 1 : Make sure that you put liquidity rule, that your entry and exit prices are realizable.

Test 2: Examine again your trading systems and your rules (This is very important).

I made dozen of trading systems that showed great results but after more examination, it showed that i cannot follow them in real life.

Check if there is one stock that made very big gain, the system will maybe become no profitable without this stock.

Test 3: Change twice or 3 times the date of begin for the simulation, if it still show good results then it has passed the test 3.

Test 4: Change values of some parameters or variables you have in your trading system rules, you must change one value and then back-test, change another and then back-test…

If the results are not affected very badly then it passed the test 4.

Test 5: Try to restrict the system from buying 20% or more of stocks you previously bought when doing the back-test. Then re-run the back-test. To pass this test, system must show pretty the same results as before.

Test 6: Equity chart must have a good look, check some statistic values like sharpe ratio, sortino ratio, standard deviation, maximum drawdown, average day for gains recovery…

It depends on the risk you are willing to take but choose only systems that have : higher sharpe ratio, higher sortino ratio, lower standard deviation, lower maximum drawdown…

Exclude systems that have very big max drawdown, standard deviation and average day for gains recovery.

The must important factor i think is average day for gains recovery.

Its the average number of day that you must wait until your equity value will goes back to the same level before the drawdown happen.

Big values will let you wait for long times before recovering gains and for sure many traders will abandon their trading system, and that’s the worse thing that can happen to a trader because just after that, the system will show excellent results. (That’s always happen)

Theses tests are very restrictive and you will reject maybe all your trading systems, but when trading you will put your money, real money, so i think you must be very selective to make all chance in your side.