The minimum initial deposit most forex brokers accept is $100. Your risk on each trade is 1% of $100, so it’s limited to $1 per trade. Forex pairs trade in 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 units, called micro, mini and standard lots. In the beginning of forex trade dazy traders usually open a micro lot account because they allow more flexibility so risk remains below 1% of the account on each trade.
But there are also some retail forex brokers which offer minimum account deposits as low as $25. This doesn’t mean you should enter the market immediately, this is a capitalization mistake and it will lead you to failure.
Ideal situation would be, if you’re consistent and you practice proper risk management techniques, you can start off with $50k to $100k in trading capital.
The forex market moves in pips. The EUR/USD may be priced at 1.3028, and the fourth decimal place represents one pip of movement. If the EUR/USD moves to 1.3029 that is a one pip move, if it moves up to 1.3128, that is a 100 pip move.
In order to make money on the forex market you have to buy low and sell high, quite simple. For example, how much money can you theoretically make by trading currency: let’s assume that you have one thousand US dollars on your trading account, the current exchange rate of euro versus the US dollar is 1.25 in other words for one euro you get one dollar and 25 cents.
You forecast, and during the day euro would rise versus the US dollar based on this forecast. You buy 800 euros for your one thousand dollars and your forecast is correct! Euro rises from one point two five to one point two six dollars. Being in the profit you decide to close the trade and exchange 800 euros back to 1008.