Article #17 – Forex (Finance)

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting an Efficient Forex Broker for Yourself

As far as forex trading (or for that matter, any kind of business venture) is concerned, there are no easy ways and no shortcuts. If you are someone who loves to take shortcuts and wants the easy way out, then forex trading is really not for you; if you still want to get involved in this business model, I would say that you have to be rather strictly buttoned-down as far as the kind of deals you get involved in is concerned. If you don’t like either of these two options then you would need an efficient forex broker. In this article I am going to tell you how to do it.

Get set with practical guidelines: Many forex brokers would make many insane promises, but keep in mind that you should not get fooled by their empty promises. After all, talk is cheap. I would say that you have to formulate a set of guidelines with which you want to measure up the capabilities of a broker you want to hire and be rather rigid about those guidelines. Never allow your emotions to hold sway over your better judgment. Getting a good forex broker is one of the most important decisions you would be making as a forex trader and as such, it is important that you approach it pragmatically. Don’t be one of those fools who approach a broker after seeing an advert and then when they realize that the broker is just not right broker for them, it is already too late!

Choose a proper trading platform for yourself: The kind of forex trading platform you are most comfortable with is something that only you can know for sure; this is one of those business decisions which you need to make rather early. The kind of forex broker you need would depend on the kind of trading platform you want to operate in. You would need to choose between –

a) Downloaded vs. an online-based trading platform

b) Community-based vs. an isolated trading platform (if you are a social and outgoing person, you should make the first choice)

c) A platform with a messy interface vs. one with an easy-to-use and clean GUI (depends on what you prefer)

d) A platform which offers a multitude of options and features vs. one which offers a minimal set of features
Whichever platform you end up choosing, be sure that you make this choice BEFORE you go hunting for a forex broker! This is crucial.

Business Knowledge and Customer service: Do your homework on the kind of customer service offered by the forex broker you are going to choose. Look around and see what others are saying about him. An ideal forex broker should be one with a great business acumen as well as considerable technical expertise. You need to get a broker who can offer you practical counseling when your business might not be going so good; on the other hand, he should also be able to help you in case you run into technical snags when trying to operate your forex platform. What if your platform is being unresponsive? What if you are not sure if a particular deal is good or bad for you? You won’t always know the answers to all your problems and questions at the start of your business, which is why a forex broker should be someone who knows more than you in these matters! It is also important that the broker you choose is someone who is very quick to respond to your inquiries, as time is money in this business.

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