Forex trading is a large – nearly three trillion dollar – exchange market. The fundamental principle is that you can buy currencies and sell currencies and make money off the difference. It’s the sort of job that’s rife for for anyone with an internet connection to go after, because all you really need to make it work is a computer and an internet connection.

The basis of forex trading is that currencies have relative exchange values. If it takes $1.80 to buy a pound sterling, and the price of a pound sterling in dollars goes up to $1.85 before you sell it, you’ve made a nickel off the transaction. Multiply this by the typical amount of currency traded, and this adds up to serious money.

The trick is knowing what to buy, when to buy, when to sell, and when to buy again. Knowing how this all interrelates requires some knowledge of the factors that drive exchange rates. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of factors that go into pricing a currency. Economic data for the country, major exports from the country, the political stability of the country – these are all examples.

Currency speculators look at pairs of currency, and depending on their temperament, either try to ride the short duration churn, or long term positional trading, or some mix of the two.

Short term churn looks for immediate news events that may effect the relative valuation of currencies; long term positional trading looks for seasonal or annual trends in the price of currencies and plays to hedge them.

Research is required, and knowing what factors influence the currency pair you’re trading on is critical. Now – this is a job you can do from home – but it’s also a job that requires attention to detail and a gamblers nerves.

That being said, there is software that will help you manage the trend spotting on your currency exchanges, so you have the time to keep yourself apprised of all the factors.

These are usually coded from algorithmic instructions of a chaotic environment, and will follow your real time data feeds and tell you when something interesting is happening.

These programs are used by almost all professional traders. They give you a way to make some extra money without having to do all the trend spotting on your own (something which is virtually impossible).

My suggestion is for you to focus on fundamental analysis of the markets (how it reacts to certain new and economic data and making predictions based on this), and to use a forex trading program to do technical analysis (these programs use complex algorithms to spot trends in charts and price movements).

Finally, the usual advice on making software purchases applies: Try before you buy, look for money back guarantees, and comparison shop on features, price and how well it suits your needs.

Forex trading isn’t an automatic money machine, but it is a lucrative job you can do from home.

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