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The foreign exchange markets are always in a constant state of flux, and for the budding trader, it can be a rather daunting place to invest and trade your money. We bring you into the world of foreign exchange trading. As you look into the prospect of forex trading you will begin to understand the width and breadth of the forex market. It is a worldwide market trading currencies 24 hours a day 7 days a week (Well actually, markets are actually open for about 5.5days a week actively trading).

December 2005 did not stop new records being set for the warrants market. Total traded premium in a calendar year reached a phenomenal $6.54 billion. The instalments market traded premium reached $4.06 billion representing a 62% increase on the 2004 traded premium value of $2.5 billion. Check out the figures in the trading volumes for the number of warrant trades completed.

I often ask myself the question - which shares are being traded the most in the ASX sharemarket? Sometimes I use the local teletext services that you can access on your TV box for this information - if you point it to page 200 you'll get the financial index. The shares with the most traded shares with the highest trade volumes (not necessarily highest net worth) that day reveal the level of liquidity of the stock as well as the most actively traded stocks. The significance of this is simply that as a trader you should be aware of what the neighbours are doing but this doesn't mean you should join in with the crowd - Just to be aware of what the market is and perhaps recognise the activity as a result of some news or market information.

Get ready to see some very large monetary figures thrown at you. Welcome to the world of Foreign Exchange Reserve Holdings for individual countries.

Last month (December 2005) the Reserve Bank of Australia held $56 billion worth of foreign exchange reserves.

Exchange traded options (ETOs) are versatile short dated financial products that allow investors to;

  • Protect the value of individual shares or a portfolio
  • Earn income
  • Undertake to buy shares for less than their current price
  • Lock in a buying price
  • Get exposure to shares for limited risk

Here are the basic terms and descriptions that any investor should know as they learn about equity/index options. Alternatively, you can start by listening to a short presentation and come back to this page when finished.

A warrant is a financial instrument issued by banks and other institutions and traded on ASX. Warrants provide investors an alternative way to gain exposure to a variety of underlying assets, such as shares, to achieve a desired result.

CFD's are leveraged products that trade on any number of financial equities.

A CFD mirrors the performance of a share or index and offers the benefits of trading shares without having to physically own them. It is traded on margin, and just like physical shares your profit or loss is determined by the difference between your buy price and your sell price. However, CFDs offer many benefits over and above physical share trading. This section seeks to explain these.

The Australian Stock Exchange is considering plans to sponsor stockbroker research of small companies in an attempt to boost liquidity and compete more effectively with foreign exchanges.

The ASX has discussed a proposal with stockmarket participants under which the exchange would facilitate payments to analysts in order to produce "independent" research of smaller stocks that are not widely covered.

The Australian stockmarket is one of the most highly concentrated in the world; the biggest five stocks are responsible for more than 80 per cent of turnover.

General Investors - with 'set and forget' rules should consider the next seven investing rules for their own trading plan.

#1 The trend is your friend.
Always follow the trend. Going against it is gambling.

#2 A mate with a hot tip is not your friend.
Hot tips are risky - better if you follow it up with your own research.

#3 Don't buy or sell in one hit, use cost averaging.
This technique can lower the effective cost of the underlying share you are purchasing.

#4 It's time in, not timing, that counts.
Statistics show that time in market pays very well.

Software can make your life dramatically easier, provided you understand the principles behind the tools. It is important for you to look over what your financial needs and goals before shopping for trading/investment software so you know what you aer looking for.

There is investment software for managing your investment portfolio and trading software that helps you make trading decisions in the first place. In each of these categories there are myriad examples available on the internet for a wide range of prices.

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