If you have some spare cash on the side, you don't want to just leave it sitting there. Obviously, you could put it into a bank, but let's face it; the interest rates on most savings accounts are abysmal, at best.
Due to that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you’d probably want to invest your money somewhere. But the big question is: Where?
Do you put it into stocks? Or do you try your hand at the forex market? To know which one is going to be best suited for your aims, you first need to understand a little bit about both — enough to base a solid decision on anyway.
For starters, the stock market is based on buying shares in various companies. To profit, you can either hold your shares until their value increases, and then sell them, or hold them for even longer and enjoy the periodic dividends (shared profits) that some companies distribute.
Once upon a time, stocks were primarily ‘long-term’ trades, where stocks were bought and left to appreciate over time. Certain stocks that are particularly stable and known to gradually appreciate are known as ‘blue chip’ stocks. Nowadays that trend of ‘long term’ stock trading has been supplemented by a ‘short term’ system too, but this is relatively risky.
On the other hand, the forex market is definitely more short term than long term. When it comes to forex, it is immensely difficult to predict how currencies may fluctuate over a lengthy period of time, unless of course it is a particularly stable currency in the first place (such as the Swiss Franc!).
As such, most forex trades take place over the duration of a single market day.
Primarily, this is the difference between the stock and forex market. However, as an investor there is more to it than that. Truth be told, many find that the forex market is an easier place to make quick, and less risky, profits.
Partly this is down to the large number of options that are available, with an entire slew of currencies that you can migrate to, and from. Whereas with stocks your only option is to sell your current shares, with the forex you could use your current currency to buy an entirely different currency altogether.
Experienced investors also find that the forex market is a lot more predictable than the stock market. Unless you are privy to the inner workings of a company (which you shouldn’t be!), it is difficult to figure out how it will fluctuate.
End of the day, if what you’re interested in is turning a decent profit in a short amount of time, then the forex market certainly trumps the stock market. Of course, you could invest in both, but for now, concentrating on the forex will probably get you the results that you desire a lot faster.