What is forex?
Quite simply, it’s the global market that allows the exchange of one currency for another. If you’ve ever traveled to another country, you usually had to find a currency exchange booth at the airport, and then exchange the money you have in your wallet into the currency of the country you are visiting.
It’s these changes in the exchanges rates that allow you to make money in the foreign exchange market.
The foreign exchange market, which is usually known as “forex” or “FX,” is the largest financial market in the world. Compared to the “measly” $22.4 billion per day volume of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the foreign exchange market looks absolutely ginormous with its $5 TRILLION a day trade volume.
The forex market is open 24 hours a day and 5 days a week, only closing down during the weekend. (What a bunch of slackers!) So unlike the stock or bond markets, the forex market does NOT close at the end of each business day.