Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Selecting the Right Forex Broker

Selecting the Right Forex Broker

1) Is the broker I want to use regulated? This is the first question you should be asking yourself and there should be no doubt that they are. All regulated brokers are required to submit financial reports to regulatory authorities. Failing to do so can cause authorities to fine brokers or even end their membership. These rules force Forex brokers to keep financial reports.

Each broker is regulated by local regulatory authorities. For instance, if a broker is based in the United States, they're regulated by the National Futures Association (NFA) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Swiss brokers, however, are regulated by the Swiss Federal Department of Finance (FDF). Using a regulated broker also protects investors because they're able to dispute resolutions.

2) What are the trading conditions like? This question refers to the trading conditions and special features of the trading platform with a Forex broker. Some of the most important factors include:

-Spread - The smaller the spread on currency pairs, the more favorable the conditions are for both traders and investors.

-Platform Execution - This term refers to how quickly and consistently the trades are executed. Many brokers promise fast, transparent executions during normal market conditions

- Fractional Trading - Some brokers may allow investors and traders to trade on a fractional basis. For example, rather than allowing you to trade full lots of "100,000 units," they let you trade "163,345 units," which is helpful when you're making trades that risk a certain percentage of the balance on each trade.

Safety of Funds - It's important to make sure that your trading funds are placed in a segregated account or, at the very least, insured for safety.