For many years the foreign exchange market was the preserve of major players such as national banks and multi-national corporations. In the 1980s however new rules were introduced which permitted smaller investors to enter the market through a margin account. In simple terms, a margin account allows you to trade with more money than you actually have in your trading account. For example, a 100:1 margin account allows you to participate in trading up to $100,000 with an investment of only $1,000.
Now, although this entry level has clearly opened up the market to the smaller investor, care needs to be taken as Forex trading is not an easy undertaking and is certainly not without its risks. For this reason the very first thing that any novice trader needs to do is to View the rest of this article