Some differences between stock and forex trading
There are many types of practices that involve money in a sort of investment that promises official returns through a certain system, forex is just one of them. There’s stocks and bonds with options and futures to go along with it, but we’re going to focus primarily on stocks. To be honest, I don’t really have much experience with the other ones. I actually only heard about Futures literally a few hours before writing this.
I’m not going to go over everything in terms of the differences between the forex trading and stock trading partially because that would involve going through detail descriptors for a lot of things that might not make sense to you or are pretty irrelevant overall. Instead, let’s compare general factors at least for now. Perhaps I’ll make a post later explaining more details but let’s just focus on this.
What Is Stock And Forex Trading, Anyway?
Firstly, stock trading involves the buying and selling of stocks at a stock exchange to gain profit. So basically, buy stocks that you think are going to rise in value soon, sell stocks that you think are going to fall in value soon. Forex trading involves buying one currency and selling another currency at the same time and gaining profit from the difference.
One difference between Forex and stock trading is that stock trading almost only useful over a medium time frame as opposed to Forex which can work in practically every time frame (though it is still recommended that you stick to higher time frames if possible) as the practices of whatever you’re trading stocks from a company or a specific group will reap rewards when there are events such as sudden changes in pricing due to company factors, policies changes, political ordinance or anything else that incites a massive change in public opinion. While this can indeed happen in a short time frame, the best decisions are made once you let the results of the situation show themselves to indicate how things are going to go so you know where and when is the best point to buy and sell. Thus, a “medium” time frame.
What About Forex Markets?
Forex Market changes values significantly each day in many currencies so it is entirely possible to have big jumps to profit from within a smaller time frame even though that would probably require more research to accurately pinpoint before it happens. In both stock trading and forex trading, a decision must be made before corrective measures are taken by the organization. With stock trading, other organizations and stock investors/traders make the decisions. As for forex trading, the countries’ financial industry or general exchange market does so instead.
Forex is generally harder to predict as it focuses on technical analysis between countries. This tends to have a lot of factors to consider. For stock trading, the analysis that you need isn’t company centralized. There are factors such as company history, competition with others, current business climate etc. There are still a lot of things to consider, with would need even more research than forex. However, the reason why forex is still harder to predict is that things have a tendency to change drastically. If you gather the information on the needed elements of stock trading, the chances of things changing drastically are quite low in comparison.
Forex opportunities seem to turn up more chances than stock exchange. This is due to the wide access of the forex currency trading market and the ripple effect of countries’ events. This can lead to a much higher ROI, as opposed to utilizing the stock exchange.
In addition, forex is slower to grant major payoff for those with lower investment. Due to certain elements of safe trading, if you enter with a small amount, you may barely get anywhere. Likewise, there’s also a massive risk that might flush your entire account. Once you understand the workings of stock trading, you may find yourself with better returns overall. Though it depends on the price your broker charges as commission.
As stated, there are other factors to consider; this would however, require further research to ensure accurate information.