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FOREX Trading History

The FOREX trading system was originated centuries ago. Since the era of Babylonians, the need to own and exchange different countries for trading purposes existed. Although, during that time, it was more known as the Barter System, which we call Trading, today!

More like a give and take situation, Barter system involved weighing the worth of one good in terms of the other. But with time and extensive use of this Barter system, lots of apparent limitations also came on the surface slowly, hence convincing the people to seriously think on the lines of establishing some more well-known and recognized mediums of exchange.

When extensive trading started happening between the people of various countries like Africa and Asia with the help of this system, another main issue of concern came into existence. Where in some economies, goods such as feathers, stones and teeth provided as base economies, in others, other goods were given more importance.
Soon, it became very important for all the people to demand for a establishing a common base of value. And shortly, assorted metals like gold, silver and bronze began to ascertain themselves as the established payment methods. Further more, they also established themselves as a consistent storage of value.

With the invention of the Coins in the Middle Ages, which were originally cast in the chosen metal, the creation of a papered structure of governmental I.O.U. also achieved approval and recognition under the steady political administration. Though earlier when introduced, it was not easily accepted by people, and so establishing it through force had proved more effective than through advising. And today, this papered form is the basis of our modern day currencies.

Along with being credited with the first use of paper notes, they also initiated the use of papered receipts. During that time, speculation in trade was hardly experienced by people, and if we compare that market situation to the one we have today, the huge speculative movement in the exchange markets nowadays, would not have been appreciated at all.

The elimination of the gold standard in the year 1931 along with a big decline in the market created some severe stillness in the Forex trading activities. From 1931 to 1973, the Forex market underwent a lot many modifications and alterations. So, with the aim of guarding the nationwide interests, improved foreign exchange controls were set up to stop market forces from demanding economic inconsistency.
The Bretton Woods contract was achieved on the proposal of USA in July 1944, nearing the conclusion of World War II. The conference being held in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire for this agreement discarded John Maynard Keynes proposal for a new world reserve exchange in support of a structure built on the US Dollar.
As a result to the Bretton Woods agreement, a method of fixed exchange rates was decided upon, which partially re-established the Gold Standard, setting up the USD price at $35.00 per ounce of Gold. While this was how a USD was priced, other main currencies were set up against the dollar.

During the early 1980’s, London became the main hub of the Euro-dollar market. What contributed to this situation were the British banks, which began loaning dollars as an option to pounds. They took this step just to retain and continue their primary position in worldwide economics, and till today, London successfully remains the key offshore market.

Since the time of Babylonians to the present era, we have seen a vast development in the foreign exchange trading, slowly escalating amongst the other exchange markets, just to reach the top to become the world’s biggest trading market.

Limitations on currency flows have since been eliminated in nearly all countries, thus allowing the market forces to be free to regulate foreign exchange prices in agreement to their apparent values.

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