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Individuals may trade the monetary unit of a country, known as currency, for another type of money. Investors and banks usually facilitate this process over the Internet, by using an electronic currency exchange. These electronic exchanges CONNECT BUYERS and sellers of currency. History Originally, economies were based upon barter in which individuals would trade one physical good for another. Before 1917, central banks used gold as a reserve, but inflated money supplies created inflation, with the cost of everyday goods rising. Over time, banks TRADED CURRENCIES among each other, creating mod