There is no denying the fact that the forex market is a cut-throat world. Despite the fact that it holds the opportunity to make a huge great profit, it is often not an easy place to trade. Despite all these setbacks, it is the worlds greatest market with an ever-expanding number of traders and brokers. Due to the increase in a number of brokers, there is fierce competing among brokers for traders. For instance, if A, B, and C are selling the same quality of the product in the same area but the prices of B’s products are relatively cheap for the same quality. Who will you make purchases from? You will choose B because you will get the same quality at an affordable price. This is the same mechanics that fuel the competition among brokers. Every broker is offering something unique to entice traders to trade with them. For someone who wants to start trading, you might be wondering if you have what it takes to even make it in forex trading with all these activities that go on in. Fear not because as hardcore as it may seem, lots of people are actually making money from the forex market on daily basis.What is the trick? There is no trick except you just have to know what you are doing.

Is forex trading profitable?

The answer is simple. Forex trading is very profitable. It is a very high liquidity market.  You have no idea how much money is traded in forex daily. The opportunity to make money on forex is endless. There are so many currencies to choose from. Contrary to what people think, making a substantial profit in the shortest possible time is impossible. It takes time to realize your gains from the forex market.

How much does forex cost?

Are you wondering about how much money you need to trade forex? You will be surprised to know that the required minimum amount to trade forex is $500 in most cases. As compared to other trading markets, forex offers traders without huge investment day trading capitals the opportunity to trade on the financial market because of its minimum requirement.

How much can you earn from forex?

Unfortunately, there is no definite answer to this question. It all depends on the trader. Most experienced traders make more money. Your earnings mostly depend on your skill set. Better strategy and planning yields more results.

One strategy you can employ as an amateur trader is to be patent with yourself. Allow your account to grow organically. Do not be in a haste to multiply your investment capital. The forex market is open 24 hours from Sunday 5 PM EST to Friday4 PM EST. These hours are more than enough for anyone to trade.

What is considered satisfactory for forex trader ?

The dream of every trader is to walk home with huge profits by making intelligent trades off a small amount of capital. The reality is that it is unlikely for forex traders with small accounts to walk home with huge profits within the shortest possible time. It takes a little bit of time for your profit to accumulate and this creates pressure on traders with small accounts to take unnecessary risks by going for large amounts of leverage in order to increase their account size. Putting things in a better perspective, the professional fund managers with millions of dollars at their disposal most often make less than 10% to 15% annually. What this means is that traders with smaller accounts are less likely to double or triple their accounts in a year.

Are you considering Leverage in Forex trading?

Many traders consider the use leverage in their trading but very few understand it. Many traders go for leverage without fully understanding the risks behind it. Leverage is a business term that refers to borrowing funds to increase your returns. Though it seems advantageous, it also comes with a risk. On the bright side, you will get the funds that will serve as a potential to increase your returns. Because bigger is always better. On the downside, you might lose the leverage. For inexperienced traders who want to use leverage, it is advisable to risk no more than 1% of their trading money on a given trade. For instance, if a trader deposits $1,000 of his own money, he can use 100,000 as leverage. This is advisable as long as not more than 1% of the trader’s money is being used for a given trade.

Even though it is difficult to adhere to and practice traders should deter from the desire to quickly turn their $1,000 into $2,000 within the shortest possible time. Though it is possible,  it is also very risky and will most likely blowback in most cases. Instead, the trader should build his account gradually by good employing proper risk management.


After all that has been said, it is safe to say that even though leverage offers a trader the opportunity to increase his returns even with a smaller account size, he needs to be watchful on how much leverage he goes for so it doesn’t backfire at him. Losing huge sums of money on the forex market can be exhausting and discouraging so as an amateur trader, be extremely cautious of the trading decisions you make.

By Ricardo Martinez

Ricardo Martinez has been active in the financial markets for around 10 years. In the early days in his career he was a trader and worked as market analyst in different online brokers advising clients on key decisions of trading instruments in foreign exchange and commodity markets. Ricardo is currently working as independent trader with diversified portfolio over different markets. His writing for LearnMarketonline is part of his commitment to share knowledge with traders.