Forex vs. Futures
Being the largest financial market in the world, Foreign Exchange market deals in the business of trading of the world's various currencies, with more than $1.5 trillion changing hands every day. Futures, on the other hand, deals in contracts to buy or sell a foreign currency on a specific date in the future, the price for which is set today.
In other words, futures are the same as forward exchange deals, which are tailor made to the customer requirements and needs for the amount of funds and due date of deal.
There are plenty benefits of Forex over currency futures trading, especially with the difference between the two regarding their target audience, transactions fees and liquidity, as given below:
Currency market is a 24-hour market, unlike most of the futures exchanges, allowing its traders to react to the immediate news happenings by trading immediately. This facility cannot be availed with the futures market which only operates during business hours and not for 24 hours a day.
Forex markets hold unmatched liquidity as compared to currency futures. Especially with $1.5 trillion changing hands daily, Forex is the largest and most liquid market in the world. It can absorb a large trading volume and the transaction sizes are huge too, in comparison to any other market. Futures market, on the other hand, is a $30 billion market per day which provides only limited liquidity with a lesser trading volume.
Forex uses simple and easy price quotes
While the currency futures trading and price quotes have added complications of time factor and interest rates between various currencies, the Forex markets require no such adjustments of future calculations and consideration for the interest rate of future deals.
Forex trading is commission free
Futures trading contracts get along with them, trading costs, exchange fees and clearance fees which eat up most of the trader's profits. But this is not the case with Forex trading because here, the trader deals directly with the market through online exchange, thus saving the brokerage fees. Although, there is always an initiating cost to any trading being done, which is revealed in the bid/ask spread, present in all types of trading, be it Forex, Futures or Equities.
High execution quality and speed
It is only with Forex trading that a trader can experience high execution quality and speed because of its high trading ratio as compared to any other market. The reason why futures market does not offer rapid execution or price is due to the lesser volume of trading and liquidity and definitely due to uncertainty during normal market conditions, as the trading prices on market orders is far from certain.
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