Thursday, July 9, 2009

Forex trading - Knowledge Lot Sizes

Currencies in Forex are traded in Lots. Since forex traders always search for the most efficient ways to limit risks or at least lessen risk effects. For this purpose various risk management and money management strategies are created. The Lot size are part of the money management to control the ammount of risk that will be taken.A standard lot size is 100 000 units. Units refer to the base currency being traded. For example, with USD/CHF the base currency is US dollar, therefore if to trade 1 standard lot of USD/CHF it would be worth $100 000. Example: GBP/USD, here the base currency is British Pound (GBP), a standard lot for GBP/USD pair will be worth £100 are three types of lots by size, Standard lots = 100 000 units, Mini lots = 10 000 units and micro lots = 1000 units. Mini and micro lots are offered to traders who open mini accounts on average size from $200 to $1000. Standard lot sizes can be traded with larger accounts only start from $ 10 000 but the requirements for a size of standard account vary from broker to broker.The smaller the lots size traded, the lower will be profits, but also the lower will be losses. When traders talk about losses, they also use term “risks”. Because trading in Forex is as much about losing money as about making money. Risks in Forex refer to the possibility of losing entire investment while trading. Trading Forex is known as one of the riskiest capital investments.

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