Be Wise With Your Broker
Your forex broker is a critical individual. Your broker will facilitate transactions, handle your money, give you advice and will probably guide you through certain aspects of forex trading as well. At present, there are thousands of brokers you can choose from with certain factors varying in each. Given the fairly complex nature of the forex market, there are several considerations that should help you make your decision about which broker to choose. Those considerations could get confusing, especially if you're new to the business of foreign exchange. Below are some of the things you should factor into your decision.
Industries that trade commodities often need a guarantor, a big and well-moneyed partner to support the financial aspect of every transaction. Foreign exchange brokers are no exception because they trade currencies, which is a commodity by itself. FX traders usually partner up with banks and other financial institutions because they need a lot of money for their leverage or the capital that they provide for you. If you have a forex broker candidate that has ties with a well-known financial institution, you're looking at someone who's competent and trustworthy.
Since you've already heard about forex leverage above, you should know that it's also a big factor in deciding on your forex broker. Leverage is a certain amount that your broker will let you borrow and trade. It's usually written as a ratio to show the amount your broker will lend to you for every dollar that you put up as forex capital. The lower the leverage your broker offers, the lower the risk (and potential profit), and vice versa. This factor's completely up to you because it will depend on just how much of a risk you're willing to take. Bigger forex brokerages can offer you options on leverage so that you can be more flexible in investing.
The forex spread is basically the profit earner for your forex broker. It's the difference between the buying and the selling price of a certain currency and serves as your forex broker's commission. Sure, your forex broker won't charge a commission per se, but it'll certainly do your wallet some good if you look for the broker offering a lower spread because you lose less money to your broker.
There are a lot of considerations to take into account when you're about to choose a forex broker. The best answer for many of those factors will depend on the type of trading you intend to engage in, so you had better get that cleared up before you even begin considering a broker.