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Thread: FOREX Brokers - 9 Essential Points to Consider When Open an Account

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    Default FOREX Brokers - 9 Essential Points to Consider When Open an Account

    There are lots Forex brokers to choose from when trading currencies online - and finding the right one to work with us critical, if you're going to maximize your FX trading profits.

    Here are 9 points to consider when choosing a Forex broker.

    1. Pip Spreads Offered

    Spreads between brokers vary dramatically and the difference can be as much as double so first and foremost when trading FX you need a tight spread

    Transaction costs mount up - especially if you are trading frequently and impact on your profits and add to your losses. The tighter the spread, the more profits you will make.

    Today, many brokers offer 3 - 5 pips - and this is what you should look for.

    2. Deposit Online & ease of account operation

    Look for a broker who will take online payments to your Forex account via and secure online payment method. This is great for funding your account quickly - and getting your trading profits back to.

    3. Negative Balance Protection

    Leverage or gearing is one of the main reasons that people are attracted to online currency trading. Of course, leverage is a double-edged sword - and where there are high rewards, there is high risk.

    With this in mind many Forex brokers now offer guaranteed stops and negative balance protection which is a big comfort to those traders who are new to the market or want to have a finite risk.

    Fees for the service tend to be quite competitive and their a popular option with many traders

    4. Leverage Offered

    The leverage brokers will give you varies from broker to broker, but today 100 - 200:1 leverage is common and some brokers will go as high as 400:1 meaning you have the potential to leverage your account for greater FX profits

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    5. Other Charges & Broker assist accounts

    Your only transaction cost should be the currency spread - you should NOT pay other commissions.

    Avoid broker assisted accounts where a broker supposedly will help you make money from Forex trading they wont! If brokers were good traders they wouldn't be brokers!

    If you trade in this way you will lose and you will extra commissions to. You are responsible for your FX profits so accept this fact and go with an execution only broker.

    6. Investment Minimum

    Today, currency trading is not just the preserve of wealthy individuals and banks - anyone can get involved and minimum deposits have dropped dramatically.

    You can open a trading account online with some Forex brokers with as little as $100.00.

    This means that novice traders can start off with small amounts.

    7. Trading Platform

    If you are trading online, you will go through a Forex trading platform.

    You want ease of use and reliability - Many brokers offer demo accounts so try them out.

    8. FOREX Trading Education

    While you should always make your own investment decisions, it's good to get some freebies that can help you with your Forex trading strategy such as:

    * FREE trading guides

    * Forex trading seminars

    * Trading news and charts

    * Trading recommendations & ideas

    * Forex trading systems

    * Trading books etc

    9. Look at the overall package

    When choosing a Forex broker you have a lot of choice and the above tips will help you while there are a lot of small brokers around and many are good go for someone who has been around for a while and is established.

    Forex brokers are not all the same and some are far better than others in what they offer and if you use the above tips you will find one that will help you maximize your online currency trading profits.

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