There was recently a rally in the stock market. The global economy is almost out of the recession. The US economy that drives the world economy is showing signs of recovery despite record unemployment rate that is being expected to go down in 2010. Stocks are back!
Stock trading has always been the most popular form of investment. Buy and hold has been a proven and tested method of investment. There are many companies that have weathered the recession and there stocks are now poised for a rebound. In the last few years, forex trading has also come off age and many people started trading forex after the stock market crash of 2008.
So which is the better: stock trading or forex trading? Let's compare the pros and cons:
1. Forex is a 24/5 market which means that in the forex market you can see continuous action throughout the week except on the weekend unlike the stock market where stocks can only be traded during the day mostly 9:00AM to 4:30PM EST. What this means is that you can trade forex anytime of the day. If you have a day job, you can trade forex after hours.
2. More than 90% of the global forex transactions involve US Dollar. There are not more than 6 currency pairs involving US Dollar that are heavily traded. As compared to that there are more than 50,000 stocks registered in the US stock markets alone what to talk of those stocks registered in the London Stock Exchange, the Tokyo Stock Exchanges and other exchanges. So in forex trading, you only need to focus on a few currency pairs. The most heavily traded currency pairs are GBPUSD and EURUSD.
3. Forex brokers offers leverage as high as 100:1 as compared to 2:1 by stock brokers. So even a small price movement in the forex market can be profitable as compared to the stock market.
4. In forex trading, you can practice on your demo account until you get the rquired experience. Recent development of automated forex trading has made forex trading easy for people who have no previous experience of trading.
So if you compare stock trading with forex trading, you will find that fx trading is indeed the better option now. There is never a bear forex market. If one currency goes up, the other in the pair goes down. That's why FX Trading is being called the Recession Proof Business of the 21st Century. Don't wait for the economy to recover completely. This is the best time to trade forex!