If you're looking to make money, than try to make money trading money. There is a world wide market where huge banks, firms and individuals from their own home are trading money. There is a huge opportunity to make a profit, from the comfort of your own home.
How important is the news?
The news is very important. A lot of people like to think of the economy as a science, but it really is a psychology. The way things perform, inevitably come from how people feel and the news has a big effect in that way. There is constantly news released related to the economy. GDP, unemployment, interest rates, consumers spending, gas prices, etc that all have an affect on the economy.
When you look at this news, you need to determine how this will affect the price of currency. Typically anything good for the economy is good for the price of currency. Anything bad for the economy is bad for currency. The only one that doesn't fit in that scenario is the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates. A cut usually means the economy will be stimulated, but the price of currency will go down.
How does a demo help me?
Demos are a great little pieces of software because they allow you to simulate a real trading experience without actually having to make trades with your money. When you're starting out, you need to learn your trading platform and the best way is through simulation. You can test it out and make mistakes without having to worry about losing money. You also can test out new strategies just to see how they perform.
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