Forex ETFs and the Forex Markets

 

Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) on the global foreign exchange is one way to trade Forex without having to depend on a broker to do your trading. Indeed, depending on what sort of investor you are, there may be some distinct advantages to not trading forex with a dealer, but in turn, turning to a particular currency’s Exchange Traded Funds instead.

Many traditional foreign exchange market traders would likely argue the benefit of ETFs versus spot currency trading; however, it’s always a good position to know your options and the ETFs offer benefits similar to that of traditional stock trading. Similarities include the ability to control the size of your position, ability to diversify, and the ability to choose multiple currency pairings.

Currency ETFs trade like stocks, and shift in sequence with the underlying exchange rate, but for pricing convenience, the fund moves the decimal place on the exchange rate two places to the right. ETFs, as with spot trading, are just as susceptible to economic announcements and it behooves any investor to spend time researching the various options available to you in any given market.

Again, currency ETFs trade similar to stocks which means the leverage is capped at 2 to 1 because you are actually buying a share of the fund. You will not need margin, which also means your risk is fixed to the actual amount you are comfortable investing, which is a good place to be especially if you are a beginner just learning about foreign exchange markets. Another advantage for a beginner is that you do not have to maintain two different accounts in order to participate in the currency markets.

No matter how you choose to participate in the Forex Market, whether through ETFs or a combination of both unique trading positions within this fast paced and dynamic market it pays to have an understanding of other options available to you to be able to further diversify your portfolio and increase you understanding of the various market options available to you as an investor. Exchange Traded Funds offer another opportunity for investment in the Forex market and can give the beginner an experience that is similar to trading stocks.

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