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About the Forex Market

The foreign exchange (Forex) market is not a "market" in the traditional sense. There is no centralized location for trading as there is in futures or stocks. Trading occurs over the telephone and on computer terminals at thousands of locations worldwide. Foreign Exchange is also the world's largest and deepest market. Daily market turnover has skyrocketed from approximately 5 billion USD in 1977 to a staggering 1.5 trillion US dollars today; even more on an active day. Most foreign exchange activity consists of the spot business between the US dollar and the six major currencies (Japanese Yen, Euro, British Pound, Swiss Franc, Canadian Dollar and Australian Dollar).

The Forex market is so large and is controlled by so many participants that no one player, governments included, can directly control the direction of the market, which is why the Forex market is the most exciting market in the world. Central banks, private banks, international corporations, money managers and speculators all deal in Forex trading.

Traditionally, investors' only means of gaining access to the foreign exchange market was through banks that transacted large amounts of currencies for commercial and investment purposes. Trading volume has increased rapidly over time, especially after exchange rates were allowed to float freely in 1971. Opening the doors of Forex to retail investors and giving them the professional tools and services needed to trade effectively in an independent atmosphere has help in the growth of the market. City Credit hopes to be a leader in this field.

 

 

 

 

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