Start Investing In Forex
Forex is a shortened term that refers to the foreign exchange market. It is a worldwide, decentralized over-the-counter financial market for currency trading. Foreign exchange as we know it today evolved from the international financial markets as they existed prior to World War I. At that time, European central banks supported and executed an international gold standard whereby anyone could convert the currency of any country into gold. Investment in forex was limited to big players during this time period, such as the Rothschild family.
The idea behind this system was that monetary and financial stability would result from keeping different currencies all attached to the same precious metal, which was considered to be an objective source of value. Obviously that idea failed miserably, and the chaos and carnage of the First World War effectively shut down the foreign exchange markets during the war and the interwar period leading up to World War II.
Modern foreign exchange is a direct descendant of the old Bretton Woods system. Bretton Woods refers to an international financial system set up by the Allies after World War II. Like the pre-World War I system, it also depended on a gold standard. It was a negotiated set of rules and regulations governing currency interactions among states recognized as sovereign by the international community. Today forex is a vast and complex market that literally never shuts down: since foreign exchange is spread out all over the world, trading happens all at hours of the day and night.
Investment in forex is not hard to accomplish. Learning to trade forex can be an incredible challenge for the novice. Careful research must be undertaken by the investor before investing his money with any brokerage or firm in this market. Unfortunately, financial fraud involving forex is rampant, leading to a general suspicion and mistrust of foreign exchange. Investment in forex, in and of itself, is not fraudulent by any means. Look around, get to know the market and step into foreign exchange cautiously and with a sure hand.