At XM we offer both Micro and Standard Accounts that can match the needs of novice and experienced traders with flexible trading conditions and leverage up to 888:1. Foreign exchange trading increased by 20% between April 2007 and April 2010, and has more than doubled since 2004. 64 The increase in turnover is due to a number of factors: the growing importance of foreign exchange as an asset class, the increased trading activity of high-frequency traders , and the emergence of retail investors as an important market segment. The growth of electronic execution and the diverse selection of execution venues has lowered transaction costs, increased market liquidity, and attracted greater participation from many customer types. In particular, electronic trading via online portals has made it easier for retail traders to trade in the foreign exchange market. By 2010, retail trading was estimated to account for up to 10% of spot turnover, or $150 billion per day (see below: Retail foreign exchange traders ).
But leverage doesn't just increase your profit potential. It can also increase your losses, which can exceed deposited funds. When you're new to forex, you should always start trading small with lower leverage ratios, until you feel comfortable in the market.
Now, you have to be careful when opening a Forex account with any broker because some could be SCAM. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in US has jurisdiction over all Futures and Forex activity. When trading in the foreign exchange markets, individuals should only trade with a CFTC registered entity that is also a member of the National Futures Association (NFA) and is regulated by the CFTC. For non-US broker/ bank entities, be sure that the broker or bank is registered with that country's appropriate regulatory bodies.
Your personal data that we require from you throughout our cooperation is safely stored in our electronic systems, it is treated CONFIDENTIAL, and it is protected by the Data Protection Act. It is Easy Forex policy not to disclose client information to non-affiliated third parties except with the consent of the client or when required for legal or regulatory purposes. Personal Data may include but is not limited to name, day of birth, email, address, bank details, financial situation, trading activity, transaction history account balance information, Know-your-clients (KYC) forms.
Outside of location, you can do diligence based on how willing the broker is to talk about execution and their books. In other words, you can ask them how long they've been in business and how many countries they are regulated in. The more the better.