The Liquidity Of The Foreign Exchange Market Is Phenomenal

January 17, 2012 by Leo D. Endo  
Filed under Investment

Foreign exchange is a very old practice, but the foreign exchange market as we know it in the twenty-first century is a fairly recent phenomenon. It is truly a phenomenon because it did not happen by proclamation or legal procedure but haphazardly, in response to various technological development. The acronym ‘forex’, is till in the process of becoming an accepted English word.

In the 1970 the economic boom in China was as yet unheard of and the American dollar ruled the financial world. The Bretton Woods system allowed countries outside the USA to set the value of currencies relative to the dollar. This had the unwelcome effect of keeping the dollar strong so America unilaterally allowed it dollar to float with recourse to the decisions of other countries. This gave birth to the forex phenomenon as it is known in the twenty-first century.

A global market began to develop. Currencies were exchanged in a way that determined their relative value. This facilitated global trade and was associated with the birth of another phenomenon that was in its birth pangs, namely globalization.

Communication and transportation technology has also facilitated the new volumes of trade which rely on the world wide web for communication that is absolutely essential for the volumes that are recorded. The market does not reside anywhere in particular. It has no one building or stall, but is located in banks and financial houses across the globe. It may be partially true to say that its location is in World Wide Web.

The market could not function as it does without the Internet. This facilitates rapid communication and allows for the massive volumes that are transacted. The fact that the Internet only materialized in the final decades of the twentieth century illustrates how recent the phenomenon is and how massive institutional organizations and ordinary individuals have access at different levels to the same market.

Internet operating, huge numbers of participants, the global spread and the perpetual opening hours make it the most liquid market in the world. Liquidity means that a buyer can find an instant seller anywhere in the world. Similarly, a seller can find a buyer at the going rate instantly without haggling or bargaining. Never in the history of the world has there been such liquidity.

Already huge, the foreign exchange market is still growing rapidly. Its daily turnover is well in excess of three trillion dollars and still growing. New participants flock in on a daily basis, eager to access a market that is so liquid and potentially lucrative. It has become a feature on the financial face of the world.

Whoever said that a full time forex business is hard to turn into a profit making machine? The capacity of your foreign exchange business is all dependent upon your creativity as trader.


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