Anybody involved in forex trading cannot avoid dealing with a forex trading broker. As an individual trader you cannot set up your own dealing desk, so brokers are your way in to the forex market.

As trading from home becomes more and more popular with private individuals who often have relatively low startup capital, new types of brokerage firms are springing up to cater for them. Most of these companies are completely legitimate but you do need to do your due diligence before committing your funds to them. Check which country they are registered in and whether they are regulated there.

What would happen to your funds if the company went out of business? In some cases you are protected by regulatory bodies but in other cases you are not. So this is a good question to ask before you invest.

Most forex traders work with 100 or 200 times leverage. This means that to control a position size of $10,000 you would have to commit only $100 or $50 of your own money. This gives you a lot of power because you can make a lot of money in a short time when things go your way. On the other hand of course it is also possible to lose a lot, if you do not have stops in place to prevent you. For this reason, when you are beginning it could be a good idea to sign up with a broker who will automatically close out your trades when the limit of your account is reached. This protects you from margin calls which can otherwise mean that you could end up owing the broker more than you have in your account.

A forex trading broker provides many services to their clients these days. You will probably have access to a demo account where you can test out the brokerage software that allows to you trade in the market in real time. You can also use the demo account to test your trading systems before going live with real money.

They will also usually provide some kind of technical analysis in the form of charts and indicators. You can expect candlestick, bar and line charts, and indicators including the Stochastic, MACD and Bollinger bands. Try to look at the charting services provided by several different brokers through their demo accounts and consider ease of use and whether they give you the information that your trading system requires. Of course, many traders sign up with dedicated charting services once they become more successful, but when you start out, getting good technical analysis from your broker can save you that cost.

You will want assurance that the broker’s software platform is not easily cracked by hackers. Remember this is your money and you do not want anybody to be able to access your account illegally. Ask the forex trading broker what security measures they have in place, or check on forums.

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