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Fx Or Shares


Foreign exchange trading (also known as forex, currency or fx trading) is often compared to the stock market when people are considering various investment opportunities. For novice investors, the global currency markets continue to become increasingly popular as an investment option due to the inherent advantages compared to shares. Whilst most people are aware of how leverage can be used to increase potential fx profits there are also advantages such as:

Ease and Access
The ability to trade forex online, and without the need for a third-party broker/dealer, is a great benefit compared to stock markets. This is highlighted by the global nature of the market and the 24-hour access available.

Liquidity
The forex market has a trading volume 50 times that of the New York Stock Exchange which means that there are always a large number of people or institutions that are willing to buy or sell a specific currency. Apart from the massive liquidity, this also means that there is some level of price stability. The stock market can sometimes be affected by more significant price movements with lower liquidity meaning that some major transactions can have severe price impacts.

Up or Down
Most stock market investors are reliant on a rising market to achieve profits. However, with the forex market there is the ability to profit from either a rise or fall in a particular currency pair. This is achieved through either taking a 'long' position to buy a currency and sell it later at a higher price or a 'short' position to sell a currency and buy it back at a lower price.

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