Foreign Exchange Market

Praise for Foreign Exchange

"Tim Weithers starts by telling the reader that foreign exchange is not difficult, just confusing, but Foreign Exchange: A Practical Guide to the FX Markets proves that money is much more exciting than anything it buys. This useful book is a whirlwind tour of the world's largest market, and the tour guide is an expert storyteller, inserting numerous fascinating insights and quirky facts throughout the book."
-John R. Taylor, Chairman, CEO and CIO, FX Concepts

"The book reflects the author's doctorate from the University of Chicago, several years' experience as an economics professor, and, most recently, a very successful decade as an executive at a huge international bank. These fundamental ingredients are seasoned with bits of wisdom and experience. What results is a very tasty intellectual stew."
-Professor Jack Clark Francis, PhD, Professor of Economics and Finance, Bernard Baruch College

"In this book, Tim Weithers clearly explains a very complicated subject. Foreign Exchange is full of jargon and conventions that make it very hard for non-professionals to gain a good understanding. Weither's book is a must for any student or professional who wants to learn the secrets of FX."
-Niels O. Nygaard, Director of Financial Mathematics, The University of Chicago

"An excellent text for students and practitioners who want to become acquainted with the arcane world of the foreign exchange market."
-David DeRosa, PhD, founder, DeRosa Research and Trading, Inc., and Adjunct Professor of Finance, Yale School of Management

"Tim Weithers provides a superb introduction to the arcana of foreign exchange markets. While primarily intended for practitioners, the book would be a valuable introduction for students with some knowledge of economics. The text is exceptionally clear with numeric examples and exercises that reinforce concepts. Frequent references are made to the economic theory behind the trading practices."
-John F. O'Connell, Professor of Economics, College of the Holy Cross
A complete resource to trading today's currency market

Currency movements are impacted by a variety of factors, including interest rates, trade balances, inflation levels, monetary and fiscal policies, and the political climate. Traders use both fundamental data and a variety of technical tools to trade within this market. Inside the Currency Market describes both the underlying dynamics that drive this market and the strategies that can help you capture consistent profits in it.

Page by page, this reliable guide skillfully discusses the structure of the market, its roles in the global economy, the forces that drive currency values, trading strategies, and tactics. It also offers a detailed understanding of how global financial flows, derivatives, and other markets such as oil and gold impact currencies. Along the way, author and professor Brian Twomey provides information on gathering and analyzing global financial data so that traders can gain a "big-picture" perspective when attempting to identify trades.

  • Explains virtually every element of the market and can function as a desk reference that puts everyday events into context for traders
  • Fundamentally driven trades based on interest rate differentials and trade imbalances are discussed, as well as technical trades involving chart patterns, trends, and trading ranges
  • Each chapter contains questions and answers to help readers master the material

The currency market continues to generate interest and attract new retail traders due to the many opportunities available within it. This book will show you how to successfully operate within this arena by making the most informed trading decisions possible.

Variations in the foreign exchange market influence all aspects of the world economy, and understanding these dynamics is one of the great challenges of international economics. This book provides a new, comprehensive, and in-depth examination of the standard theories and latest research in exchange-rate economics. Covering a vast swath of theoretical and empirical work, the book explores established theories of exchange-rate determination using macroeconomic fundamentals, and presents unique microbased approaches that combine the insights of microstructure models with the macroeconomic forces driving currency trading.

Macroeconomic models have long assumed that agents--households, firms, financial institutions, and central banks--all have the same information about the structure of the economy and therefore hold the same expectations and uncertainties regarding foreign currency returns. Microbased models, however, look at how heterogeneous information influences the trading decisions of agents and becomes embedded in exchange rates. Replicating key features of actual currency markets, these microbased models generate a rich array of empirical predictions concerning trading patterns and exchange-rate dynamics that are strongly supported by data. The models also show how changing macroeconomic conditions exert an influence on short-term exchange-rate dynamics via their impact on currency trading.

Designed for graduate courses in international macroeconomics, international finance, and finance, and as a go-to reference for researchers in international economics, Exchange-Rate Dynamics guides readers through a range of literature on exchange-rate determination, offering fresh insights for further reading and research.
  • Comprehensive and in-depth examination of the latest research in exchange-rate economics
  • Outlines theoretical and empirical research across the spectrum of modeling approaches
  • Presents new results on the importance of currency trading in exchange-rate determination
  • Provides new perspectives on long-standing puzzles in exchange-rate economics
  • End-of-chapter questions cement key ideas
The foreign-exchange market is often referred to as the Slaughterhouse where novice traders go to get 'chopped up'. It is one of egos and money, where millions of dollars are won and lost every day and phones are routinely thrown across hectic trading desks. This palpable excitement has led to the explosion of the retail FX market, which has unfortunately spawned a new breed of authors and gurus more than happy to provide misleading and often downright fraudulent information by promising traders riches while making forex trading 'easy'.

Well I'll let you in on a little secret: there is nothing easy about trading currencies. If you don't believe me then stop by Warren Buffet's office and ask him how he could lose $850m betting on the dollar or ask George Soros why his short yen bets cost him $600m not once but twice in 1994. What's wrong with these guys, don't they read FX books?

In reality, the average client's trading approach combined with the unscrupulous practices of some brokers make spot FX trading more akin to the games found on the Vegas strip than to anything seen on Wall St. The FX market is littered with the remains of day traders and genius 'systems,' and to survive in the long-run traders have to realize that they are playing a game where the cards are clearly stacked against them.

Have you ever had your stop hit at a price that turned out to be the low/high for the day? Bad luck perhaps? Maybe. What if it happens more than once? Do you ever feel like the market is out to get you? Well guess what, in this Zero Sum game it absolutely is.

Covering the day-to-day mechanics of the FX market and the unsavoury dealings going on, Beat the Forex Dealer offers traders the market-proven trading techniques needed to side-step dealer traps and develop winning trading methods. Learn from an industry insider the truth behind dirty dealer practices including: stop-hunting, price shading, trading against clients and 'no dealing desk' realities.

Detailing the dealer-inspired trading techniques developed by MIGFX Inc, consistently ranked among the world's leading currency trading firms, the book helps turn average traders into winning traders; and in a market with a 90% loss rate winning traders are in fact quite rare! More than just a simple manual, Beat the Forex Dealer brings to life the excitement of the FX market by delivering insights into some of the greatest trading triumphs and highlighting legendary disasters; all written in an easy to read style.

Make no mistake about it there is a lot of money to be made in currency trading, you just have to know where to look. Sidestepping simple dealer traps is one way of improving your daily p&l, but it is surely not the only one. Successful trading comes down to taking care of the details, which means skipping the theoretical stuff and providing only up-to-date, real-life examples while sharing the FX trading tips that have proved so profitable over the years. By stripping away the theory and getting down to the core of trading, you too will find yourself on the way to beating the forex dealer!
A comprehensive guide to Forex trading for individual investors

Countless money-making opportunities abound in the Foreign Exchange (Forex) market every day, but how does an amateur investor take advantage of these opportunities to earn high returns? This book by CNBC-featured Forex Expert Mario Singh provides a comprehensive solution to this question.

Following the first section that explains in plain English—what is Forex trading, how money is made in the Forex "game," the six major players involved, and the importance of knowing one's Trader Profile—the second section focuses on specific and practical guidance which includes:

  • A "Trader Profile Test" to help the reader get a clear picture of his natural trading style and which of five trading profiles he belongs to (Scalper, Day Trader, Swing Trader, Position Trader or Mechanical Trader)
  • 17 proven trading strategies (between 2 to 5 strategies for each trader profile) for the reader to immediately start cashing in on the Forex market
  • Descriptions of an array of real-world trading scenarios, with tips on how to address them
  • A section that shows the reader how to custom-tailor a trading system designed for his sensibilities and risk tolerance
  • Forex hedging strategies for finance professionals at multinational corporations

Short on theory and long on practical insights and step-by-step guidance, 17 Proven Currency Trading Strategies—How To Profit in the Forex Market will help anyone—from beginners to professionals, and everyone in between—to master the Forex market and be consistently profitable.

FXstreet.Com’s 2013 Best Book Award!

The Sensible Guide to Forex: Safer, Smarter Ways to Survive and Prosper from the Start is written for the risk averse, mainstream retail investor or trader seeking a more effective way to tap forex markets to improve returns and hedge currency risk. As the most widely held currencies are being devalued, they're taking your portfolio down with them—unless you're prepared.

For traders, the book focuses on reducing the high risk, complexity, and time demands normally associated with forex trading.

For long-term investors, it concentrates on how to hedge currency risk by diversifying portfolios into the strongest currencies for lower risk and higher capital gains and income.

The usual forex materials don't provide practical answers for most retail traders or longer term investors. Virtually all forex trading materials focus on time-consuming, high-leverage, high-risk methods at which most traders fail. Materials about long-term investing in foreign assets rarely take into account the prospects of the related currency. A falling currency can turn an otherwise good investment into a bad one.

Throughout the book, the emphasis is on planning and executing only low risk, high potential yield trades or investments and avoiding serious losses at all costs. Packed with richly illustrated examples every step of the way and including additional appendices and references to online resources, the book is the ultimate guide to forex for retail traders and investors seeking to tap forex markets for better currency diversification and income.

  • Provides traders with safer, smarter, less complex and time-consuming ways to trade forex with higher odds of success. These include the use of such increasingly popular new instruments like forex binary options and social trading accounts that mimic expert traders.
  • Shows investors how to identify the currencies most likely to hold or increase their value, and provides a wealth of ideas about how to apply that knowledge to a long-term, low-maintenance portfolio for both income and capital appreciation.
  • Helps anyone seeking an asset class with low correlation to other markets by explaining how the very nature of forex markets means that regardless of market conditions there's always a playable trend somewhere, regardless of what other asset markets are doing, and how to find and exploit it for a short-term trade or a long-term investment in a currency pair, stock, bond, or other asset

The Sensible Guide to Forex is only book that teaches mainstream risk averse investors and traders how to build a portfolio that’s diversified by currency exposure as well as by asset class and sector, via a variety of safer, simpler methods to suit different needs, risk tolerances, and levels of expertise.

Written by Cliff Wachtel, a 30+ year financial market writer, advisor, and analyst, The Sensible Guide to Forex offers practical solutions to the above dilemmas faced by every serious, prudent investor.

A must own for any informed investor-but don’t take out word for it - see advanced reviews at: http://thesensibleguidetoforex.com/review/

Play the forex markets to win with this invaluable guide to strategy and analysis

Day Trading and Swing Trading the Currency Market gives forex traders the strategies and skills they need to approach this highly competitive arena on an equal footing with major institutions. Now in it's third edition, this invaluable guide provides the latest statistics, data, and analysis of recent events, giving you the most up-to-date picture of the state of the fast-moving foreign exchange markets. You'll learn how the interbank currency markets work, and how to borrow strategy from the biggest players to profit from trends. Clear and comprehensive, this book describes the technical and fundamental strategies that allow individual traders to compete with bank traders, and gives you comprehensive explanations of strategies involving intermarket relationships, interest rate differentials, option volatilities, news events, and more. The companion website gives you access to video seminars on how to be a better trader, providing another leg up in this competitive market.

The multi-billion-dollar foreign exchange market is the most actively traded market in the world. With online trading platforms now offering retail traders direct access to the interbank foreign exchange market, there's never been a better time for individuals to learn the ropes of this somewhat secretive area. This book is your complete guide to forex trading, equipping you to play with the big guys and win—on your own terms.

  • Understand how the foreign currency markets work, and the forces that move them
  • Analyze the market to profit from short-term swings using time-tested strategies
  • Learn a variety of technical trades for navigating overbought or oversold markets
  • Examine the unique characteristics of various currency pairs

Many of the world's most successful traders have made the bulk of their winnings in the currency market, and now it's your turn. Day Trading and Swing Trading the Currency Market is the must-have guide for all foreign exchange traders.

Jared Martinez traded the forex market for a decade through the 1980s and ’90s before he discovered that successful trading requires 10 percent skill and 90 percent emotional intelligence. He founded the Market Traders Institute on that underlying principle, and now MTI is the most established leader in forex education worldwide.

Jared is known as “FXCHIEF” in the industry, and now, in The Forex Mindset, he shares his secrets with you.

Leadership experts and corporate executives are just waking up to what the FXCHIEF has known for more than 15 years—emotional intelligence matters. With The Forex Mindset, you get up close and personal with greed and fear, the two leading forces in the market. Everyone gets in for greed, but without a healthy understanding of fear, you may be in for one of the worst journeys of your life. This performance-oriented guidebook features a potent synthesis of psychology and strategy that will exponentially increase your ability to acquire wealth as a trader.

Even veteran traders with bulletproof trading strategies are doomed to fail if they don’t know themselves. The Forex Mindset prepares you to be a successful trader by helping you identify your unique psychological strengths and weaknesses and how you naturally behave in times of financial crisis. With a newfound understanding of yourself, you can use this book to map out your own path to wealth by:

  • Delving into human nature and market behavior
  • Learning how to improve your emotional intelligence
  • Doing what top traders do to control their emotions in trades and in times of crisis
  • Implementing authoritative strategies for effective thinking in a state of fear

If you want to make a living from trading forex, apply the lessons in The Forex Mindset and you’re already 90 percent there!

Make Volatility and Risk Work for You with Forex Trading!

“This book should be in every trader/investor’s library. As we come out of this depressed market . . . this book can be your companion, helping you avoid mistakes and enhance your trading/investment program.”
—Bill M. Williams, author of Trading Chaos

“Whether you’re just getting started trading the world’s most exciting financial market, or you’re looking to add to your trading edge, [the authors] have written an engaging book packed with powerful techniques that you can use right now.”
—Rob Booker, trader, author, educator, and founder and host of TraderRadio.net

The foreign exchange market is the largest trading market in the world, with average daily volume well into the trillions. Because the market is always characterized by high liquidity, forex traders benefit most from volatile markets—making it the ideal investment approach today and well into the future.

Mastering the Currency Market is a comprehensive guide to currency and futures trading strategies and techniques for both highly volatile and nonvolatile markets.

Putting to work their vast and highly diverse experience in forex trading, the authors explain how to take advantage of the many benefits of foreign exchange trading, including its low cost of entry afforded by margin, and the dynamic pricing by nature of the competitive marketplace. Mastering the Currency Market is divided into five sections covering:

  • The basics of trading currencies
  • Fundamental analysis of price valuation
  • Technical analysis and trading charts
  • Trading philosophy and psychological discipline
  • Volatility and risk management

With four decades of combined experience, the authors clearly communicate to you a trading method that will give you the confidence to both analyze markets and execute trades successfully, regardless of underlying market conditions.

As 2008 introduced nightmare scenarios for investors around the world, it was Al Gaskill’s most productive period of his trading career. He used the same trading methods spelled out in this book.

Apply the lessons inside and you’ll see profits rise during periods of high market volatility, and when the market slows down, you can downshift to countertrending methods. It’s a win-win investing method, and Mastering the Currency Market leads you through it every step of the way.

Just a decade ago, the Foreign Exchange was a market reserved for a select few. Now, anyone can actively trade in this profitable market—even those with no formal financial education. Enter James Dicks, a leading FOREX expert and educator who cut his teeth in this burgeoning market and wants to share his years of experienced wisdom with you.

FOREX Trading Secrets is a one-stop sourcebook packed with everything a trader needs to quick-start success in a 24-hour market. In addition to covering every fundamental aspect of the FOREX, this hands-on guide provides hard-won tools and strategies from a seasoned trader, who helps you minimize your exposure to the inherent risk in this unique market.

A useful volume you’ll turn to again and again, FOREX Trading Secrets features specific examples of proven trading strategies working in the real world, a simple and profitable technique for money management, and confidence-building skills for creating your own source of income.

If you have never traded the FOREX before, FOREX Trading Secrets is the place to start. It covers the essential basics, including all major currency pairs, the mechanics of trading, how to place a trade, and deciding what type of trader you are. Experienced traders gain expert insight into the fundamentals, as well as such advanced topics as creating a successful trading plan,managing risk, mastering your emotions, and building your portfolio. You will benefit from

  • An insider’s clarification of the Carry Trade
  • Seeing technical indicators and patterns through a master’s eyes
  • The secrets to FOREX diversification
  • A detailed explanation of the author’s personal trading approach
  • A Trader’s Ten Commandments

There is no holy grail of FOREX trading, but with FOREX Trading Secrets, all you need is practice to build a powerful trading toolbox for wealth security in the world’s biggest financial market.

Generate greater profits while protecting your investments in the world’s largest market

Much has changed since leading forex expert and educator James Dicks introduced retail investors to trading in the foreign exchange currency market. The market’s daily turnover has grown considerably, and more and more traders are achieving financial success by trading currencies—many thanks to Dicks’s advice. Now, in The Forex Edge, he warns you about the less-than-honest practices and elaborate schemes many brokers use to prevent prosperous traders from retaining their wealth.

This cautionary book is the result of Dicks’s personal investigation into an assembly of forex brokers after a suspicious reversal of fortune forced him to close his trading account. It shows you how dishonest brokers pass themselves off as legitimate, the types of scams they run, and the ways you can use this information to your advantage. It outlines a straight-through process for taking more control over your trades to minimize your exposure to the risk of deceptive practices. With The Forex Edge at your fingertips, you’ll be armed with:

  • Practical guidance for using popular automated trading systems
  • Effective approaches to back-testing with recommended software platforms
  • Expert tips for spotting false and misleading information in online forums
  • Proven strategies for profiting from options, hedging, swing trading, and trends

From how the forex works and how brokers make money to the most common ways traders lose money—this accessible guide gives you everything you need to ensure your trading strategy draws maximum profits from the biggest financial market in the world. It features the same practical formulas and strategies Dicks uses to beat even the trickiest brokers.

In today’s forex market, you need more than a good trading strategy to survive. You need The Forex Edge.

"For many investors, an intense, 24-hour-a-day, $1.5 trillion roller-coaster of a market spells "danger"; for readers of Forex Revolution , the word is "opportunity."

–Michael J. Panzner, vice president, Rabo Securities USA, Inc., and author of The New Laws of the Stock Market Jungle

"The author possesses an uncommon ability to describe a difficult and rapidly changing marketplace as if seen through a beginner's eyes. A most useful book for anyone that might not have been paying attention these past five years as the market reinvented itself."

–Brentin C. Elam, director, Northcoast Asset Management, LLC

Foreign currency exchange–"Forex"–is today's #1 new investment opportunity. Revolutions in technology, regulation, and globalization have made Forex trading accessible to every active investor. Only one thing has been missing: An objective, clear "user's guide" to Forex trading. Now it's here–and it's in your hands.

Simply and clearly, Forex Revolution reveals everything you need to know to trade Forex hands-on–from fundamental and technical trading strategies to the unyielding discipline that's essential to success.

In this book, Peter Rosenstreich brings together insider techniques from all over the industry: Traders, banks, Forex firms, even the National Futures Association. You'll find expert guidance on everything from handling 24/7 markets to profiting from the emergence of China.

Unlike other books, Forex Revolution doesn't require you to subscribe to costly services or purchase expensive tools. Whether you're an individual investor or a money manager new to Forex, this book gives you all you need: Facts, techniques, resources and–above all–the insider's edge.

  • Why Forex has become your #1 profit opportunity
    How the currency markets became indispensable to the active investor

  • Meet the players, markets, tools, portals, and platforms
    Everything you should know before you get started

  • Choose the right FX investments
    Understand currency futures, options, swaps, and more

  • Master both fundamental and technical trading strategies
    and discover why you need to know both

  • Gut check: What it takes to win in the Forex markets
    Develop the discipline you need to succeed

Foreign Exchange Trading: Today's #1 Opportunity for Explosive Profits!

  • The practical, hands-on Forex trading guide for individual investors

  • No costly subscriptions or expensive tools needed

  • Delivers unbiased, up-to-the-minute techniques you can start profiting from today

  • Covers everything from trading rules to fundamental and technical strategies

  • Realistically assesses risks and pitfalls–and shows how to avoid or mitigate them

Forex Isn't Just the World's Biggest Market–It's Your #1 Profit Opportunity!

Every day, more than $1.5 trillion in currency trades are executed. That dwarfs the daily volume of the NYSE, NASDAQ, FTSE, DAX, and Tokyo Nikkei–combined! Today's growing currency volatility has made Forex the place to earn huge profits. Think Forex is just for secretive financiers and central bankers? Not any more! The rules have changed, and this book shows you exactly how to get in on the action.

No other book offers as much unbiased, practical, how-to guidance for trading from Forex. Peter Rosenstreich doesn't just present his own techniques–he reveals never-before-published tips and techniques from traders throughout the industry. Above all, Mr. Rosenstreich tells you the whole truth: How currency markets work, how to trade, what the risks are, what to do about them...and what it really takes to win.


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Praise for ADVENTURES of a CURRENCY TRADER

"A truly easy, unique, and enjoyable read! Rob has done it once again to teach us in the funniest way possible how not to make the most common trading mistakes. If you are tired of reading how-to books, this is perfect for you. I highly recommend this book to all traders. Everyone will learn something about themselves by reading this book."
—Kathy Lien, author, Day Trading the Currency Market, and Chief Strategist, www.dailyfx.com

"Adventures of a Currency Trader is a must read for anyone who has ever traded or is thinking about trading in the Forex markets. Rob Booker has a unique way of taking years of market knowledge and transforming it into an educational and entertaining experience. It has quickly become a cult classic in my trading library!"
—H. Jack Bouroudjian, Principal, Brewer Investment Group

"Brilliant! Rob's humor and humanity shine through in this parable about trading and life. Filled with wisdom and wit, it's an exhilarating rollercoaster ride through the peaks and valleys of the learning curve, with many valuable lessons learned along the way."
—Ed Ponsi, President, FXEducator.com

"Rob's fable of everyman 'Harry Banes' is destined to become a trading classic. This is both the missing piece and the foundation that comes before the strategies and methodologies. The search for the Holy Grail begins and ends in the heart and mind. The journey is authentic and real and if you're willing to take it with Rob, you will be rewarded in the end. Seldom has psychology and wisdom been so entertaining!"
—Raghee Horner, trader and author of Forex Trading for Maximum Profit and Days of Forex Trading

"In a series of insightful and entertaining vignettes, Rob Booker teaches both the novice and the experienced trader some hard won truths about the currency market. It's a must read book written by a guy who survived the trenches and went on to prosper in the biggest and most competitive financial market in the world."
—Boris Schlossberg, Senior Currency Strategist, Forex Capital Markets LLC, and author of Technical Analysis of the Currency Market

"Backed by a comprehensive list of studies, this book is a brilliant contribution on the connections between exchange rates and economics."—Francesc Riverola, CEO and Founder of FXstreet.com

"Adam Kritzer has been covering the forex market for years as a prominent but accessible industry expert. In a market sector full of pitfalls for the novice, this book will help many new traders avoid costly mistakes and get started on the path to success."—Andy Hagans, Co-founder of ETF Database

"Adam Kritzer is not only one of my favorite forex writers but also one of the best ... This book will likely become required reading for those getting into the forex market."—Zachary Storella, Founder of CountingPips.com

Forex for Beginners: A Comprehensive Guide to Profiting from the Global Currency Markets is a guide for those who want to earn extra income trading currencies without committing large amounts of time or money. This book will introduce global investors to the basics of forex (foreign exchange) trading and provide them with a solid framework for analyzing currencies and profiting from their fluctuations. Topics covered include the forces that cause exchange rates to fluctuate, an overview of the mechanics of trading, analytical and forecasting tools, how to profit from pricing trends, and common pitfalls that often ensnare traders.

While most books make grandiose promises of instant success and large profits, Forex for Beginners represents an alternative approach to investing in forex. The forex market is dominated by institutional capital and algorithmic trading, making it unrealistic to think that day traders can beat the market by relying on charts and technical indicators alone. Thus, the emphasis here is on fundamental analysis—using economic concepts to spot currency misalignments—and staking out positions to profit from them over a period of weeks and months.

If you’re eager to tap into the world’s largest financial market on a part-time basis, this is the book for you. You will gain an understanding of how currency markets work and use this knowledge to generate income.

A Highly Visual Guide To Developing A Personal Forex Trading Strategy

Getting Started In Forex Trading Strategies

"A great next step to read for the beginning trader. It contains practical advice and resources on trading FOREX that only come with experience."
-Derek Ching, President, Hawaii Forex

"We have members from over 125 countries on our Web site and plan to make Getting Started in ForexTrading Strategies a 'must read' for those looking to trade the FOREX market. It is good to see a book that emphasizes the importance of other elements, such as money management, which are crucial to master if one is to stay in this game. Well done!"

-Jay Meisler, cofounder, Global-View.com

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Getting Started in Forex Trading Strategies is a highly visual guide to foreign exchange trading that introduces you to the Codex Method-a proven process that allows you to tailor a trading strategy to your own personal preferences.

Divided into four comprehensive parts, this reliable resource opens with a brief overview of traditional FOREX strategies. From here, author Michael Duane Archer outlines his own personal codex-as he guides you through the process of developing yours-and reveals how to use this approach to make, monitor, and exit a trade. Along the way, Archer reveals the best ways to implement your strategy and discusses the importance of consistently keeping trading records.

In his previous book, Getting Started in Currency Trading, Archer set a solid foundation for trading the currency market by illustrating how it operated. Now, with Getting Started in Forex Trading Strategies, Archer goes a step further by showing you how to cultivate a personal trading strategy that will allow you to succeed within this dynamic environment.
This book covers foreign exchange options from the point of view of the finance practitioner. It contains everything a quant or trader working in a bank or hedge fund would need to know about the mathematics of foreign exchange—not just the theoretical mathematics covered in other books but also comprehensive coverage of implementation, pricing and calibration.

With content developed with input from traders and with examples using real-world data, this book introduces many of the more commonly requested products from FX options trading desks, together with the models that capture the risk characteristics necessary to price these products accurately. Crucially, this book describes the numerical methods required for calibration of these models – an area often neglected in the literature, which is nevertheless of paramount importance in practice. Thorough treatment is given in one unified text to the following features:

  • Correct market conventions for FX volatility surface construction
  • Adjustment for settlement and delayed delivery of options
  • Pricing of vanillas and barrier options under the volatility smile
  • Barrier bending for limiting barrier discontinuity risk near expiry
  • Industry strength partial differential equations in one and several spatial variables using finite differences on nonuniform grids
  • Fourier transform methods for pricing European options using characteristic functions
  • Stochastic and local volatility models, and a mixed stochastic/local volatility model
  • Three-factor long-dated FX model
  • Numerical calibration techniques for all the models in this work
  • The augmented state variable approach for pricing strongly path-dependent options using either partial differential equations or Monte Carlo simulation

Connecting mathematically rigorous theory with practice, this is the essential guide to foreign exchange options in the context of the real financial marketplace.

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