Feb 12: What Forex Quotes Can Do For Your Trading Moves

by David Jenyns on February 12, 2007

Trading in the Forex market should not be a spur of the moment decision. You should research and evaluate every move you make to be a successful trader. When you are trying to evaluate what trading moves you should make, it is often necessary to look at Forex quotes to help you decide what to do. Although this may seem simple enough, many new traders have no idea how to even read a Forex quote. Before you make your first trade, be sure that you are informed on how to read and use Forex quotes. If you are not educated on the matter, you will likely lose money because of lack of knowledge on the subjects pertaining to the Forex market.

Reading a Foreign Exchange Quote

When you first look at a foreign exchange quote, or Forex quote, you will likely be a little confused. It can be very confusing however once you learn how to read the Forex quote; you will gain a lot about the system itself. The first letters listed are the abbreviation for the first currency in the quote. This currency is considered the base currency. The value of this currency is always 1, unless otherwise noted. You may see things such as USD/JPY, USD/CHF, and USD/CAD. When you see these currencies with numbers behind them, such as USD/JPY 112.01, it means that one US dollar is equal to 112.01 Japanese yen. When the base unit and the quote rises, it means the dollar has gotten stronger and the other currency has weakened.

There are several exceptions to this rule however. When dealing with the British pound (GBP), the Australian dollar (AUD), and the Euro (EUR), things are a bit different. You may see something that looks like GBP/USD 1.6366. This means that one British pound equals 1.6366 US dollars. When you are dealing with these situations, remember that when you see the quote rising, the US dollar is weakening. A higher quote typically means the first currency (the base currency) is getting stronger. When the quote is lowering, the base currency is getting weaker.

Where to Learn More

Trying to decipher what Forex quotes mean can be challenging. Quotes can really help you decide what’s going on in the market and help you make trading decisions. However, you really need to know more about quotes than just how to read them. You should learn different trends that are seen via Forex quotes and be able to apply them to the market today. When you can easily do this, you will find it easy to use the foreign exchange market to make profits.

If you are interested in learning more about how to read and use Forex quotes, there are several things you can do. You can first decide to learn on your own. When you decide this, you should visit reputable websites in order to conduct your studying. You can also get new books on the subject and read on what the quotes mean and how they can help you. Many people love to engage in self-study because it gives them freedom. When you are learning on your own, you can do it at your own pace. You can go through things as quickly or as slowly as you need to and really soak up information you need. Self-study can be done during lunch breaks or late at night. Some people would rather have a more traditional approach to learning however.

Forex markets are a large part of the curriculum at most business schools today. If there is a business school in your area, you may want to contact them about taking a course on the subject. If you are someone who has the time to spare, taking a course with others interested in learning is a great idea. The class may cost more than a book you can buy, but hands-on-learning is often the best form of education. You will likely learn about markets, trading, strategy, and more. So, if you are interested in learning with a group, a course is likely the best option for you. When you become more educated on the subject, you will be able to see exactly why knowing all about Forex quotes can be important in successful trading.

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