Before deciding to participate in Forex trading, you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience and risk appetite. There is a significant learning curve to trading successfully in Forex. Most importantly, do not invest money you cannot afford to lose. Forex investing is not ideally suited for investment of retirement (IRA) accounts.

There is considerable exposure to risk in any foreign exchange transaction. The market remains open 24 hours a day for 5 1/2? days. This means that unexpected events may affect your investment while you are resting. Any transaction involving currencies involves risks including, but not limited to, the potential for changing political and/or economic conditions that may substantially affect the price, spread, or liquidity of a currency.

The most enticing aspect of trading currencies is the high degree of leverage used. Leverage seems very attractive to those who are expecting to turn small amounts of money into large amounts in a short period of time. However, a high leverage refers to the speed at which an account gains or loses money. One cannot hope to make extraordinary gains without taking extraordinary risks.

There also additional risks that can affect your Forex investments, such as, but not limited to: losing internet connectivity for various reasons (your machine, your ISP provider), computer or server malfunction, software upgrade disruptions, and inappropriate usage of trading tools.

As a result, prudent investors should be prepared for unexpected contingencies by implementing appropriate procedures such as having: multiple computers setup for trading, multiple ISP providers, Their Broker's phone number on speed dial to assist with trades, and print outs of account number and open tickets. In addition, investors should always gradually upgrade their operations by starting with a demo testing period, followed by setting up a mini account, and upgrading to a live account if all tests are working to plan.

In highly volatile markets, anything can happen and your stops may not be honored. You could incur substantial losses, you should only trade money that you can afford to lose.