Foreign exchange currency trading is also known as Forex trading, or FX, and has no single physical marketplace like the New York Stock Exchange does on Wall Street in New York or the Tokyo Stock Exchange does in Japan. The New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange online traders are limited to making purchases during the actual trading hours governed by New York Stock Exchange hours or the Japanese Stock Exchange's Tokyo hours. In contrast online Forex trading gives traders access to the online Forex trading community through an electronic series of different online trading platforms. Online Forex trading and online accessibility are nicely compatible because the world's foreign currency exchange market is a 24-hour market, and the internet makes online forex trading a 24 hour possibility open to anyone with a computer, a telephone line and money. Anyone, any corporation or any bank can log onto an online account at any time, and trade foreign currency through online forex trading.
Online forex trading is primarily the purchase of one currency from a particular country, using the currency of a different country. This exchange involves currency from two different countries at once. It can mean purchasing Japanese currency with Australian currency or purchasing German currency with Spanish currency. While that sounds simple, in fact, approximately $ 1.9 trillion is traded on Forex daily, making Forex online trading the biggest exchange worldwide. Although anyone can participate in Forex online trading, the key players are usually banks – commercial and investment – and exchange traded futures and registered futures commission merchants.