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Friday, 16 September 2016

3 Ways Forex Brokers Could Play Games on You



Although, Forex brokers are supposed to work with you and help you to be successful in the Forex market and a lot of them do, some unscrupulous brokers try to play games on you. Here are some of the ways in which the brokers play games on you:

Marking Up the PIP

Forex brokers are supposed to transfer orders to the banks and then get commissions for every order that they transfer. Commissions are the only way in which the brokers earn money. There are some brokers who add an extra PIP to the spread. For example, if the spread for EUR/USD is 1 PIP, the broker adds another 1 PIP making it a total of 2 PIPs. This means that the broker not only makes money from the commissions, he/she also makes money from the extra PIPs.
To avoid such a broker you need to do your research. The best way of doing it is comparing the broker's spread with the regular spread. If the broker's spread is above the regular spread by 1-3 PIPs, chances are that the broker is marking up the spread.

Slippage

This is where the brokers increase the price of the currencies when you are about to open a trade. They do this in order to prevent you from making a huge profit. When you are about to buy a given currency, the price automatically rises so that you end up buying at a slightly higher price than the one indicated on the chart.
It's very easy to know that this is happening as you only need to compare the price that you have bought the currency and the one that you intended to buy at. If there is a discrepancy between the two, the broker is most likely playing games on you. To be on the safe side you should close your account as fast as you can.

Re-Quoting

Here the broker will delay for a little bit before you are allowed to make a trade. For example, if the price is going up strongly and you want to buy a currency, the broker will delay for a few seconds and wait for the price to go higher so that you can buy the currency at a higher price. The same thing happens when the price of the currency is going down-the broker will wait for a few seconds for it to go lower.
Many brokers do this 100% intentionally and aim at reducing your chances of making good profits.

Understanding a Forex Broker

A Forex broker is a person who acts as an intermediary between you and the interbank. The interbank is a network of banks that trade with each other. Forex brokers have relationships with the banks; therefore, when you approach a given broker, he/she will advise you on the best currency to trade.

Forex Trading Account

For you to start working with a Forex broker you need to open a Forex trading account. This is an account that is synonymous to a bank account. You need to make a deposit in your account and fill in some papers. Almost all brokers provide you with a free demo account where you practice how to trade. While there are some brokers who ask you to make a deposit in order to access the demo account, others don't require you to make a deposit. You should always do your research and find the brokers that don't require you to make a deposit.

Leverage

In addition to providing you with a demo account, Forex brokers also provide you with leverage. This is a feature that allows you to trade using large amounts of money than you have in your account. Although, this feature allows you to trade using higher amounts of money than you already have thus make more profits, it's usually risky as you can easily lose a lot of money if the market goes against you. Many brokers provide information about their leverage in fine print; therefore, you should carefully read the document given to you by the broker.

How to Hire a Forex Broker
For you to hire the right Forex broker you need to consider a number of factors. Some of these factors include:
Popularity: a good Forex broker is popular among Forex traders. You should do your research and find some of the popular brokers. Many people go for new, less-popular brokers as they are cheap. If you want to learn a lot and secure your investment, you should go for an experienced broker. Although, the broker will be more expensive, he/she will be worth your money.
Trading platform: since you will be trading using the broker's platform, you need to ensure that you are able to easily use the platform. You should also ensure that the platform has all the necessary tools to help you make the right trading decision. As rule of thumb you should ensure that the platform provides you with a trading calendar and charts. It should also provide you with trading indicators.


Reference: Majed Mohson

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