Forex Versus Stocks

Unparalleled liquidity

In the forex market, over $3.2 trillion worth of trades are traded daily, which makes the currency trading market the most liquid market in the world – trading in 1 day what Wall St. trades in 1 month. No matter what time of the day or night it is, the forex market is always moving, and around the world active traders are buying and selling currencies.

50 times more leverage than trading stocks

With stocks, the maximum leverage is 2:1. But when you trade Forex with CMS Forex, you can use up to 100:1 leverage. For example, if you invest $1,000 in stocks, with 2:1 leverage you may buy up to $2,000 worth of shares. However, if you invest $1,000 margin on a foreign currency trade, at 100:1 leverage, you can control up to $100,000 in currencies. Leverage is one of the most appealing and risky factors of the forex market. Traders should note that trading using leverage may increase potential gains as well as losses on any given trade.

Scratch-out the middleman

Spot currency trading bypasses expensive middlemen that are always associated with trading stocks. With forex, clients are able to interact directly with the currency market, and can buy and sell at the simple click of a mouse. No mess. No hassle. No middleman.


With CMS Forex, you are never charged a commission. No clearing fees. No exchange fees. No Software fees. No brokerage fees.

*CMS charges no commission on your trades; we are compensated through the Bid and Ask prices or spread of a given currency pair. We may charge a fee for fund withdrawals. Please see Withdrawal of Funds for more information. Please be aware that the bank you deal with may be charging fees on your deposits or withdrawals. CMS has no control over any applicable bank fees.

Forex and the technical trader

Because currencies typically develop strong trending patterns, a technical currency trader may potentially identify new trends, breakouts, and opportunities to enter and exit positions.

Measuring the currency market

Currency prices are reflected in the balance of supply and demand for currencies. When it comes to currencies, there are two primary factors that affect supply and demand and they are interest rates and the strength of the originating country’s economy as a whole. Fundamental indicators, such as foreign investment, PPI, CPI, GDP, and the trade balance, echo the overall health of the economy, and alter the supply and demand for that currency. Expert commentaries and data on interest rates, International trade, and currencies are release on a regular basis.

Trade forex 24-hours a day

When you are looking at your forex platform, you are actually looking at a window display of the world’s economy. Currency trading is available twenty-four hours a day, starting on Sunday at 5pm EST with the opening of the market in Sydney and Singapore. A short while after, the Tokyo market opens. Then London, which opens at 2am EST on Monday. And, by daytime in N.Y., the currency market has already been very active for fifteen hours. With currency trading, you are able to decide when to trade. Trading stocks when the U.S. markets are closed is difficult and only offers limited liquidity. With forex, you can trade twenty-four hours a day, from Sunday at 5pm EST. until Friday at 5pm EST.

6 major currency pairs vs. over 8000 stocks

There are approximately 8,000 publicly traded companies, deciding which one to trade can become downright tedious and confusing. How do you determine which needle to pull out of the haystack? With Forex, there are currently 6 major currency pairs to choose from, and about 34 second-tier currencies.

Superior Software
CMS Forex began in 1999. Since then, our team of professional forex specialists has spent many late nights improving our software and services to guarantee a simplified, all-inclusive forex system that enables users to make the most educated decisions possible – providing over 100 tools and technical indicators, as well as streaming Dow Jones News to cover necessary fundamental updates that impact the forex market. We offer advanced chart-based trading, streaming price quotes, custom alerts, as well as the ability to create an automated trading system (so you can pre-program your system to buy or sell at specified market occurrences). Through VT Trader, users are able to connect directly with the live currency market on a stable platform that has been made to make your currency trading as intuitive as possible.

Simply download our easy-to-install software and open a free practice account to become better acquainted with the live forex market.



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