Making Sure You Choose the Right Forex Broker
Becoming successful at trading foreign currencies requires utilising the services of a good forex broker. You should not assume that each forex broker is the same. Differences in tools, charting, platforms and various procedures and functions create pronounced variations.
The unwary currency trader may find a forex broker with seemingly suitable trading conditions, functions and analytical tools, and still find them falling short of your needs and expectations with the trading software they offer. Researching the market thoroughly is then a minimum requirement to choosing the right FX broker – once selected the forex broker will be with you for the long haul, and be a profitable choice.
Tips for choosing the right FX broker:
- Account Variations – A currency trading broker will offer you account variations, based on the initial investment you are prepared to deposit into the account. These are often known as “mini” and “standard” forex accounts. Mini forex trading accounts can be opened with smaller deposits; sometimes less than $200. A more normal type of forex broker trading account requires a larger deposit; $500 – $1000 for example. Most broker accounts will also come with a free forex “demo account” too, where zero investment is required, and the learner trader can practice in a safe environment. Ideally, avoid the forex trading broker offering a mini account, as these tend to have reduced functionality, such as leverage – usually the currency broker is not mainstream or well-known, fully regulated and compliant or even 100% transparent.
- Trading Software Platforms – Forex charts, real-time quotes, trend graphs, exposure, profit/loss, required margins, open positions and much more, are all accessed through the trading software platform provided by your chosen forex broker. Ensure you find out what trading software is being used by the forex broker before you commit. Find out if it is friendly for the user (you) for example in terms of executing trades with one click, as the technology deployed by the forex broker is probably quite sophisticated. Most modern trading systems provide daily analytics such as reports, forex news, technical analysis plus support
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