History of Trading the Forex Market

By | February 3, 2016

A History of Trading the Forex Market


A History of Forex TradingForex currency trading has made massive advancements over recent years and is becoming on the Internets most searched for trading opportunities.

Technological advancements have made Forex an opportunity to make money for everyone from small individual speculators to large multi-national companies.

In reality the principles of Forex trade have existed for centuries but it wasn’t until 1967 when the idea of a global system of currency exchange first began to be put together.

A college professor named Milton Friedman famously wanted to take a bank loan in Pounds Sterling (feeling that the currency was overpriced against the dollar) and then sell it before buying it back once the price against the dollar had fallen.

This would allow him to repay the bank and pocket a nice profit for himself. His loan application was declined due to the bretton woods agreement that was in place at the time but this set the wheels in motion for worldwide Forex trading.

The Birth of the Foreign Currency Exchange

In 1971 when floating exchange rates began to materialize and the bretton woods agreement was abandoned, the foreign currency exchange market was born.

This advancement was welcomed with open arms by the International companies who had often noticed big profit changes both positive and negative simply based on the value of their native currency against the value of the currencies in the markets in which they traded their day to business activities.

These companies would see fluctuating exchange rates effect their profit and loss accounts, often with millions being made or lost simply on the value of one currency against another.

It was also these companies that were first to spot the huge money making opportunity currency fluctuations offered and these same companies were the first to leap on to the Forex trading bandwagon and attempt to increase their profit margins through brave yet profitable currency exchange decisions.

Forex Currency Trading Online
Online Forex Trading Advances

Of course when Forex first began the Internet was a distant dream and therefore trading was carried out exclusively by the cash rich worldwide organizations.

These were companies who could afford to throw a few million in to the mix in an attempt to make some big money trading currencies.

Trading was carried out over the telephone via several exchange centers all over the world. A trader would monitor global activity and then ring their broker in order to commence or complete a trade order.

The transfer of funds to complete trades was done through bank transfers which often took a few days to go through. This meant that whilst the Forex market offered a fantastic earning opportunity, trading was both time consuming and a hassle.

With the advent and then increasing popularity of the Internet, Forex trading online opened up the doors to millions of people who had never previously had the resources to take part.

Gone are the days of having to phone through your intended trade, Credit and Debit cards are even accepted with some online brokers for depositing funds. Even more recently the Forex market has opened up to individual traders even with very small amounts to invest.


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Huge Forex Profits even from Small Investments

Historically, traders would need several thousands of dollars to be able to trade. Thanks to the ever increasing competitive nature of currency trading online this has been reduced so far that an individual can now begin trading a mini Forex account with as little as $25.

With the often huge leverages on offer even such a small amount can produce considerable returns.

Forex trading is forever increasing in popularity due to the many benefits it offers and more and more trading resources becoming available online.


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