Foreign Exchange (FOREX) Trading is the simultaneous buying of one currency after selling the currency that you possess. If you want to get ahead in this industry, the usual practice is to employ the services of a broker.
In the overall picture, brokers do not handle a whole lot. Each transaction they engage in is actually just a fraction of the total number of transactions that takes place on a daily basis. It is the volume of transactions that makes a big significance in the whole industry.
A service that is important to ask for from your broker is the access to 24-hour online updates that allow you to monitor progress anytime of the day. You might also want to look for a broker who does not charge unreasonable commissions.
Remember that you might not be able to find a broker that has access to inter-bank markets. Instead, he or she will probably buy or sell the currency from you. There are also brokers that possess leverages as high as a 100-to-1 ration, which gives you more trading room. You should find a broker that is registered under the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and is a member of the National Futures Association (NFA), because unlike the stock market, FOREX trading is not greatly regulated.
You also want to be cautious of brokers who might want to scam you of your currency. CFTC has actually warned of an increase in scam incidents involving FOREX trading. There are opportunistic brokers who manipulate the exchange rate prices and spike the increase just to gain a profit at your expense. And because there are many factors that affect the rise and fall of the market, it is hard to detect such an action. The industry is fairly unregulated, and there are fast-paced changes happening everyday; so it is hard to track down and stop these scammers. Be extra careful.