- Category: Trading Platforms
- Published on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 14:12
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To invest in the Forex or Foreign Exchange Market there needs to be a platform on which you can conduct your investment transactions. This is sometimes called the Forex-trading station. Trading hubs are computer software designed to allow buying and selling of currency at any given time. Most platforms will have real time streaming of currency rates and will provide information needed to make investments. They will also have the brokers spread and margins to determine how much can be invested at the given time. When choosing a broker you are also choosing a Forex platform.
Personal Computer Software or Web Based Software
Platforms are computer programs that are used to trade on the open Foreign Exchange Market. Without a platform you cannot trade nor have control over your investments. There are two types of platforms; web based which is usually kept at broker’s website and personal computer based. The web based platform allows access on any computer that has internet access, where the personal software can only be entered into on the installed computer. It is thought that the web based software is safer because it is less likely to get a virus or be hacked into. The consideration in having your own system is that it is has high speed internet connections and firewalls that will protect your information.
Real Time Information
Because the Forex is a fast moving currency exchange market that is dependent on economic factors around the world, information needs to be in real time to be able to make a profit. This includes real-time quotes and exchange rates so that an investor can enter or exit the market without loss due to slippage. Another factor that is vital to online trading is that you immediately have confirmation of any transaction that you make and know your profit or loss. It is important to read and understand all of terms and conditions of any Forex platform as there may be regulations on certain trades.
The Platform is the Brokers House
The worthiness of a platform is based on the broker and vice versa. One cannot be good without the other so it is important to look at both of these as a unit. The more credit that an institution has the more information that is available to make sound investments, the better the platform is to make those investment transactions. One advantage to a secure broker is that they have better interest rate information which is vital in trading, since profits are made according to the interest rate on the currencies. It is important that your platform and broker react quickly to any of the orders that you may place when trading and be willing to back it up with the margins that they post.
Whether you are installing the Forex platform on your computer or going with a web based program you will want to make sure that there is 24/7 technical support that is easily accessible and will respond in a timely manner.