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Introduction to Forex

Forex, or FX, is an abbreviation for foreign exchange. It is the mechanism of exchanging one currency for another. This exchange rate is the basis of forex trading, and the differential between the two exchange rates provides opportunities to buy or sell the pair. You can take a position in expectation of the exchange rate increasing or decreasing.

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Benefits and Risks of Trading Forex

The forex currency markets are a 24-hour marketplace, starting from 5 p.m. ET Sunday to 5 p.m. ET on Friday. This gives you the flexibility to trade forex full-time or part-time, whenever your schedule or lifestyle permits.

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Forex Trading Specifications

Just like any other trading instrument, cash forex has product specifications and trading characteristics that the trader needs to understand thoroughly before trading.

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Costs of Trading Forex

Experienced forex traders know that the largest cost in initiating any trade is the spread between the bid and ask prices. This bid-ask spread will put your position immediately into the negative when entering a trade. This negative amount must be overcome before the position can become profitable.

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Carry Trade and Roll Over

In the forex market, interest rate differential adjustments happen at the end of every trading day for all open positions. At the end of each session (5 p.m. ET), all positions are closed and then reopened (rolled over) automatically for the next trading day, which begins just a few minutes later, except on Friday. 

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Calculating Forex Trading Profit and Loss

It is important for traders to understand how the P&L equations for a FX trade are derived. 

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