It is understandable that a new investor might be hesitant to jump into a new market if the risks aren’t clear. And anyone who pushes an investment as being riskless simply isn’t telling the truth or doesn’t have a firm grasp on the market he or she is describing. But once an investor understands how Forex investing works, there is no reason to not jump in and begin. That is not to say, though, that the market is not without its risks. Here are a few important risks to consider.
Not taking the time to understand the currency markets an investor begins with is probably the top mistake, with leverage issues running a close second (more on that soon). Though several currencies are traded on the Forex market, there are really only a certain number of combinations possible. Most are pegged to the US dollar, British pound or the Euro. So instead of starting out with every possible combination, investors are smarter to pick a pair and stick with it – not just because one is more likely to gain real knowledge of that particular currency. But because that strategy also helps an investor learn about Forex trading more thoroughly.
Leverage issues run a close second in terms of risk. The beauty of the Forex market is that an investor can actually take a risk on a currency pair for less money that he has to come up with at the moment. That is how leveraging works. That could lead to serious payoffs for only a little down. Or, it could lead an investor into owing far more than he has the money to cover. Here, as anywhere, a little common sense goes a long way.
Not keeping track of records is another way that investors open themselves up to risk on the Forex market. Tracking what you do is critical to understanding your investing pattern, risk tolerance, success ratio and other important data. Anyone who relies solely on a “gut” feeling is opening himself up to serious risk.