Forex Market Training and Education
The Forex market, due to the fact that it is the world’s largest market, is an extremely competitive one.
There are many places than an individual can obtain information concerning the Forex market. However, being that there are many avenues of education, there is a lot of sorting out the good roads form the bad ones. And, while many sites listed after googling “Forex” may seem like legitimate companies, usually they are just a front for some investment scheme. So, it is important to know what will help you gain the required Forex knowledge to become successful in this field. This includes a university education (and degree), what companies have a high standing in the Forex community, online resources – what information to seek out and research, online demo accounts – and utilizing the vast amounts of literature on the Forex market will also help.
While there are no university programs which offer a degree in Forex investing, many offer courses that serve as good introductions into the Forex market. Individuals and students interested in the Forex market study Economics, Finance, Math, and Statistics at the university level (And, since the Forex market is global, a few classes in Political Science may help). While a B.S. degree is sufficient to get a graduate in the door at a Forex company, and advanced degree will surely provide a graduate with the opportunity of a higher position as a trader or analyst. And, while there are no Forex degrees, many universities offer Forex education in the way of courses, clubs (The University of Toronto has a Forex Club), competitions, lectures, and conferences. For example, the Law Program and Business School at Hofstra University jointly held a conference in February 2008 titled “Regulation of Currency Exchange and Its Impact on International Business.” There is also the Texas A&M Inter-University Forex Trading Competition that draws business schools from all over the nation to its annual competition.
Economics programs at universities offer students the opportunity to study various aspects of the economic structure. This includes economic policies, economic trends, the analysis of economic figures (inflation rates, interest rates), capital markets, and the national and international economic climate. Economics majors are educated in myriad areas of fundamental analysis which can be applied to the Forex market with respect to currency policies and value. Below is a list of courses in the Economics Department of the University of Virginia:
- Macroeconomic Policy (which includes an emphasis on foreign exchange)
- Economic Forecasting
- Economy of the Middle East
- Economics of the European Union
- Economy of China
- Economy of Japan
Finance majors are well equipped with many areas of investments and banking. Finance majors study investment trends, analysis of financial figures, and the global markets, among other topics.
Many university business schools also offer an option in international business, which is a great opportunity to make your degree “global.” Many business schools offer courses like these offered the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia:
- Global Macroeconomics and Financial markets
- International Deal Making: Legal and Business Aspects
- Emerging Markets Finance
- International Financial Management
- Management of International Business