We often get asked the question ‘What is Forex Trading?’ especially from those who are currently trading stocks or have been told about the FX markets from a friend or colleague at work.

Trading forex (FX) gives you access to the world’s largest and most liquid market. With an estimated daily turnover of more than $4 trillion, the FX market provides trading opportunities across major currencies and FX crosses, with volumes and value that surpass the size of the equities and bond markets combined.

Forex trading is usually done on ‘margin’, which means you only need a small amount as deposit to open a trade. Trading the major currencies usually require an average of 1% - 2% margin. There are no commission charges when you trade Forex. However, you have to be mindful of the spreads – the difference between the buying and selling price – which could vary at times.*

*Margin trading demands a disciplined approach and a solid understanding of the risks involved.

When you trade FX, you are simultaneously buying a currency and selling another.  For example, if you expect the EUR to go higher against the US dollar, you can go long (buy) the EUR/USD pair. If you think the EUR will be lower than the USD, then you can go short (sell) the EUR/USD pair.

Trading FX on MT4 gives you access to Expert Advisors (EAs) and several smart tools to enhance your trading experience. You can place automatic orders, monitor open positions, set up stop loss levels or be alerted to winning trades. You can also monitor global FX movements using the session map tool that show which markets are opening at certain times of the day.

Trading the FX market gives you access to currency pairs such as those listed below. Please note that GO offers over 50+ Forex pairs to trade via the MT4 trading platform:

Trading Forex

1. The trading hours for Forex (“FX”) are from Monday 00:00 to Friday 24:00 (GMT+3). Please be mindful of public holidays as trading times may change.

2. Our Forex pairs are spread-based only for Standard GO Account holders. GO Pro Account holders receive lower spreads and a fixed monetary commissions.

3. Our FX prices are derived from various quotes by our liquidity providers, and include GO Markets own spread. Our spreads are variable.

4. Your profits and losses are realised in the second named (terms) currency of the pair you are trading. If this currency is different to your account currency, your realised profit and loss will be converted based on the spot rate at the time of conversion.

5. If you have one or more FX positions open at 24:00 (GMT+3), there will be a daily Swap adjustment to your position.
For open FX position(s) on a Wednesday at 24:00 (GMT+3), the Swap adjustment will be for 3 days instead of 1. This is to cover settlement of trades over the weekend. Please be mindful of public holidays as these may change.
You can find an indicative Swap on your platform, by right clicking on a currency pair and selecting ‘Specification’.


Average spreads*

















*Average spread for a trading week 00:00 Monday to 24:00 Friday (GMT+3)


» Largest decentralised market in the world
» Trade 24 hours a day
» Commission free, low cost dealings
» Dynamic movement and opportunities for profit
» Leveraged trading*

*The effect of leverage is that both gains and losses are magnified. You should only trade if you can afford to carry these risks.


Benefits of trading forex on GO's MT4 trading platform:

» Access to Expert Advisors (EAs) and smart tools
» 50+ currency pairs
» Tight and competitive spreads
» Flexible leverage
» 24/5 hour trading 
» Commission-free, low cost dealing

Hundreds of thousands of individuals, businesses and investment funds now actively trade Forex

At GO Markets we offer a free Demo Account and free educational resources to help new traders get started. For advanced traders we offer advanced trading tools and different account types.

How to trade FX on MT4

Ready to trade and experience the world's largest and most liquid market?


1. Open a live MT4 trading account
2. Fund your new account with $500 or more.
3. Start trading.

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Trading Forex and Derivatives carries a high level of risk, including the risk of losing substantially more than your initial expenditure. Also, you do not own or have any rights to the underlying assets. The effect of leverage is that both gains and losses are magnified. You should only trade Forex if you can afford to carry these risks.

GO Markets Pty Ltd does not guarantee the performance or return of capital. You should only trade in risk capital (that is, capital you can afford to lose). Please note that the historical financial performance of any underlying instrument/market is no guarantee or indicator of future performance.

Trading Derivatives may not be suitable for all investors, so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved, and seek independent advice if necessary. A Financial Services Guide (FSG) and Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for our products are available from GO Markets Pty Ltd to download at this website or here, and hard copies can be obtained by contacting the offices at the number above.

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