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Forex trading is the simultaneous buying and selling of the world’s currencies on a decentralised global market. It’s also referred to as the foreign exchange or FX market. As one of the largest and most liquid financial markets in the world, its total average turnover per day is reported to exceed $5 trillion. The forex market is not based in a central location or exchange so is open to trade 24 hours a day, from Sunday night through to Friday night.
See more in our what is forex? trading guide.
Our forex pairs are available to spread bet and trade as contracts for difference (CFDs). This is offered on our online trading platform, and the MetaTrader 4 platform.
When trading forex, you speculate on whether the price of one currency will rise or fall against another. For example, if you choose to trade GBP/USD (British pound/US dollar) and you think the value of the GBP will rise against USD, you go long (buy). If you think GBP will fall against USD, you go short (sell). If your prediction is correct, you make a profit. If your prediction is incorrect, you would make a loss.
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Forex is always traded in currency pairs, for example EUR/USD. The first currency (EUR) is called the ‘base currency’. The second currency (USD) is known as the ‘counter currency’. The way currencies are displayed shows us how many units of the counter currency you can buy with one unit of the base currency. This is the exchange rate, or in other words, how many US dollars you can buy for one euro.
You can spread bet or trade CFDs on over 330 currency pairs online via our platform. Currency pairs can generally be divided into three groups: major, minor and emerging.
Most of these pairs contain the US dollar as either the base or counter currency. They are the most frequently traded. Major currencies pairs include EUR/USD, GBP/USD and USD/CAD.
Currency pairs which do not contain the US dollar are known as minor currency pairs. Examples include EUR/GBP, EUR/CHF, GBP/JPY and CHF/JPY.
Also known as exotic pairs, these are made up of a major currency paired with an emerging or small but strong economy. Emerging currency pairs include USD/NOK, USD/HKD and EUR/CZK.
When you spread bet or trade CFDs on forex pairs, you are speculating on whether you think the price of one currency will rise or fall against the other.
Spread betting and CFDs are both leveraged products. This means you only need to put down a small initial deposit, known as margin, to enter a trade. Trading using leverage can enhance losses as well as profits.
Learn and develop
Find out more about forex in our introduction to forex trading online.
Learn about different trading strategies, as well as fundamental and technical analysis.
Spread betting vs CFDs
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**A minimum spread is the lowest spread that will be shown on the given product. If the underlying market spread widens throughout the trading day, or you are trading out of hours, the platform spread may also widen. The spreads shown are for the first price available for the average market trade/bet sizes in the relevant product. The spread will widen for larger trade/bet sizes, see our platform for more information.
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