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How to Open Your Forex Trading Account

April 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Forex Market

Some people become very nervous at the thought of opening a Forex trading account, but it is not as complicated as you may think. Initially you will have to make some decisions before opening your account but in this article we will attempt to walk you through the necessary steps. You will need to decide on the amount of capital you are prepared to use to open the account, and then it is important to check out the different brokers until you find one that you are comfortable to deal with.

It’s suggested you do some research on the internet first and read through the various offering from brokers and also take note of feedback from more experienced traders. Join a Forex trading forum and don’t be nervous about asking for advice or opinions about various brokers and trading platforms.

In many cases you can open a simple trading account with as small amount as $250, which is probably a good idea if you are just starting out and want to get a feel for the market first without investing too much. Next you should have a look at the different spreads, the margin rules and the allowable leverage plus any other Forex trading aspects that are important to you. Have a look at what available pairs the broker is offering in the Forex market and ensure they fit with your interests. If this all sounds complicated take advantage of some of the many Forex trading tutorials you can find on the internet and become familiar with the terminology.

When you have found a Forex broker that you are comfortable with and have determined the amount of capital you wish to invest it’s time to get started on opening your account. There are several different types of accounts to choose from, and some brokers will offer you mini-accounts to get started. It’s a good idea to have a talk with your broker and be guided by his advice as to what best suits your investment needs.

Many first timers start with a dummy account so they can practice and get used to the different currency spreads. This will give you the opportunity to become familiar with the different trading strategies before you start to actually put your capital at risk. When you are comfortable with your progress you can proceed to open an actual account through your broker.

This will entail completing a number of forms, and of course having the capital available to open your account. Your Forex broker will provide a legal agreement that sets out the leverage rules and amounts, plus an agreement regarding any losing margin trades, in addition to the other necessary paperwork and contracts to open your Forex account.

The important thing is to find the right broker to suit you, that you feel comfortable with and that you can trust. Once you achieve this, opening the account and starting your Forex trading is easy. Always keep in mind choosing the right Forex broker can make all the difference as to whether you make or lose money as a Forex trader.

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