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What is spread in forex?
Currency pairs are the instruments that are analysed and traded in forex trading. There are always two prices for currency pairs – a bid (sell) price and an ask (buy) price – and the spread is the difference between the two.
The size of the spread is influenced by many factors, such as the currency pair being traded, the size of the trade, the volatility of the pair, and the provider of the trade.
Live forex spread FAQs
In contrast to index spreads, forex spreads are variable. In other words, when the bid and ask prices of a currency pair change, so will the spread. Pips are used to measure this change.
In a price quote, a pip indicates the change in value between two currencies, and is usually the last decimal place. In contrast to Japanese Yen pairings, most currency pairs go out to four decimal places.
Due to the high volume of trades taking place in the market, more widely traded currency pairs (such as the forex majors) have much smaller spreads. The volume of trading on exotic currency pairs is much lower, so spreads will be higher.
Forex spreads can fluctuate throughout the day, so traders need to be aware of the factors that influence them. Market news, liquidity, and volatility are the most common factors.
With the economic calendar, you can stay up-to-date on market news and major economic events. You can find the best spreads when you are aware of important news updates hours or days before they happen.
Daily trading volume is highest for major currency pairs. These pairs usually have very narrow spreads as they are traded 24 hours a day and are highly liquid. GBP/USD, EUR/USD, and USD/JPY are some of the major currency pairs.
Minor currency pairs are those that do not include the US dollar and are traded much less frequently than major currency pairs. EUR/AUD, EUR/CHD, and GBP/AUD are examples of minor currency pairs.
In exotic currency pairs, one of the major currencies is paired up with a currency from a small or emerging economy. Exotic pairs are traded much less than majors and minors, and they can have a wide spread. USD/SGD, USD/TRY, and EUR/TRY are examples of exotic currency pairs.
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