Forex, a shortening of “foreign exchange,” is a currency trading market in which investors convert one currency into another, ideally profiting from the trade. For example, an American investor who has previously purchased one hundred dollar’s worth of Japanese yen may feel that the yen is weakening compared to the dollar. If he’s right and trades the yen for the dollar, his will make a profit.

Watch the news daily and be especially attentive when you see reports about countries that use your currencies. Current events can have both negative and positive effects on currency rates. Set up text or email alerts to notify you on your markets so you can capitalize quickly on big news.

Use two different accounts for trading. One account is your live trading account using real money, and the other is your demo account to be used as a testing ground for new strategies, indicators …