Why Trade Forex with TradeDirect365?

TradeDirect365 allows you to take a position on all the major Forex pairs throughout the world with tight fixed spreads and no commission.

Trade popular Forex pairs such as AUD/USD & EUR/USD from a very tight 0.6 pips spread – with no added commission.

Plus our Forex spreads remain fixed 24/5 so you know exactly how much each trade is going to cost you, even during times of volatility.

Major Forex Market Information

Forex Pair

Min. (Fixed) Spread

Margin From

EUR/USD

0.6 points

0.5%

AUD/USD

0.6 points

0.5%

USD/JPY

0.7 points

0.5%

AUD/JPY

1.2 points 

0.75%

How Do You Trade Forex?

Trading Forex via a broker’s trading platform gives traders the ability to speculate on the price movement of a currency pair without having to purchase any foreign exchange. Currencies are always traded as a pair – you are essentially buying one currency and selling another at the same time. If you believe that a currency pair will rise in value, you would open a BUY trade (go long) or, if you think a currency pair will decline in value, you would open a SELL trade (go short).

Example:

  • You think that the Australian dollar (AUD) will increase against the US dollar (USD), so you enter a BUY trade on AUD/USD at 0.75000
  • 2 days later AUD/USD has risen to 0.75800.
  • If you decide to close the trade at this point, you would have made a profit as AUD/USD has increased from 0.75000 to 0.75800, an increase of 80 pips
  • However, if AUD/USD had of declined in value, to say 0.74300 (from 0.75000), then you would have made a loss on that trade.

It is worth pointing out that you can also make a profit (or loss) from a falling market. That is, you can speculate that a particular currency will decline in value buy opening a sell trade. If it indeed does decline in value, you will make a profit on that trade.

What Are FX Pairs?

As mentioned above, all currencies are traded as a pair – you cannot have one without the other. FX pairs are typically divided into three main groupings, major, minor and exotic;

Major FX pairs

Are the most-traded currency pairs in the world (based on daily trade volume) and all contain the US Dollar (USD) on one side of the pair, i.e. EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD, USD/CAD, USD/CHF, AUD/USD and NZD/USD. Major FX pairs are the most liquid and will generally have the lowest spreads attached to them. The seven major FX pairs account for c., 80% of all daily FX trading globally, with EUR/USD volume around 30% of all FX trades.

Minor FX pairs

Currency pairs that do not contain the US Dollar are known as cross-currency or minor currency pairs. The most traded minor pairs are derived from the 3 major non-USD currencies – the Euro, the GBP and the Japanese Yen. Examples of minor pairs include: EUR/GBP, EUR/AUD, AUD/JPY, GBP/AUD and GBP/CAD.

Exotic FX pairs

These FX pairs are made up of a major currency mixed with the currency of an emerging economy, or a strong-but-smaller economy like Norway or Singapore. Some exotic FX pairs include: USD/NOK, USD/HKD and EUR/TRY.