Types of Transactions
There are many ways in which forex transactions can occur, differing in volume and time of transaction. They are:
Swap: The most common type of transaction that happens in forex markets, swap is an exchange of currencies for a previously decided period of time, followed by reexchange by mutual agreement. These dealings do not happen by contracts. These transactions are most common in the market.
Spot: As the name suggests, spot transaction is an exchange of currencies done in the shortest time, usually 2 days and in cash. Interest rate is not applied in the transaction. It is a direct exchange transaction between two currencies. This is the second most common transaction after swap.
Forward: Forward transaction is an agreement between a buyer and seller to purchase or sell a currency at a predestined future date by mutual agreement. The set time period may vary from days to months. These types of transactions reduce volatility risks.
Future: This is another type of forward transaction, but with a formal structure decided in the market. The buying and selling date is set for, up to 3 months in the future and interest is inclusive in the price.
Option: A derivative type of transaction is option or FX option, as it is called. In it, the buyer and the seller agree upon a future date for exchanging currencies. Although, the seller has a right to sell at that predestined date, he has no obligation to do so. This is a more flexible option than 'Forward' or 'Future' transactions.
You have an option of getting your account managed by a professional brokerage company, but it is very important that you understand what transactions, the firm is making for you. Ultimately, it is your money and you have to be responsible for it. You could also start your own brokerage firm, once you think you have a good understanding of forex transactions and your success rate is higher.
One advantage of the direct exchange forex market is that liquidity is not a problem here. The market deals in liquid assets that is currency. Make sure that after you have invested in the markets, you have a backup plan and some savings other than these investments. Do not place all your eggs in the same basket. It is a hectic form of trade and you need to be in touch with the market pulse all day. Still, if you think you have got the patience and the tenacity to deal with volatile markets, you are in for some big bucks and this is a good career opportunity for you.
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