What or who is behind the screen in Forex?

Discussion in 'Forex Trading' started by TheBigMan, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. I am aware in equities that you are dealing with a computer program (Black box) when you trade stocks. At one time it was a specialist (Human) All order are routed through various exchanges.
    Now with forex, there is no centralized location. Therefor you are trading with just the people that go through that clearing house????? In addition, most small forex brokers are not really brokers but just websites. (Middle men)These brokers really just support you and some hold your trade if you loose all the time and keep your money. That is why it is difficult to get paid if you are a winner.

    Can someone shed some light on this. I am trying to figure out how the forex chain really works.
  2. omnpmh


    Entries and Exits move the market.
  3. cvds16


    your notion is not true: in stocks you are dealing with several computer programs at the same time cause there are several exchanges. It's just the same with fx, only on some 'exchanges' they have wider spreads and on some 'exchanges' they hunt stops with prices that are off what are considered normal prices. They call these last few 'exchanges' bucket shops.
  4. Somewhat true, when you leave out the "Bucket shops" and deal with semi direct brokers. Also there is no centralized clearing house.
  5. Now this is what I am talking about. This is great info. It makes a better trader when you know what you are up against.