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The Carry Trade: The carry trade is beloved by currency traders and hatedcurrency trading forex online anna by  governments as it is a purely speculative trade based on the differential between countries interest rates, resulting in weakness or strength in the currency being driven by the speculators - something all central banks and governments hate, but it is one of the most popular currency trading strategies as it allows you to generate currency trading profits in two ways from the same currency trade - one of the reasons this strategy is always top of the list!

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The carry trade is one of the most popular currency trading strategies for currency traders as it provides a return on the trade and offers the opportunity to make two lumps of profit. Firstly from interest generated from the differential in interest rates, and secondly from the currency trade itself. The strategy is essentially a long term trade, so if you are trading long term, and have identified a trend in a pair that offers a carry trade potential - excellent. This is my preferred use of the technique, as long term trades of months, and in some cases years, can be expensive if the interest on the trade is working against you - but always remember your reason for entering the trade should be based on long term fundamentals and trends, not because the pair offers a positive interest rate on the trade, as you will need to have a good idea of where the interest rates are heading in the future. Entering a carry trade can be easy - exiting can be more difficult. In order to enter the trade correctly you need to buy the currency with the high interest rate and sell the currency with the low interest rate.

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So which are the most popular currencies and pairs? - I have itemised these below, and also provided a link to the Oanda carry trade calculator which will give you an idea of the interest you can generate on a carry trade:

Currency Symbol Interest Rate Carry Trades
Japanese Yen JPY Low  
Swiss Franc CHF Low  
Canadian Dollar CAD Low CAD/JPY
Australian Dollar AUD High AUD/JPY,
New Zealand Dollar NZD High NZD/JPY,

The ones shown above are the main ones. In order to help you work out the interest rates I have included a link to the Oanda interest rate calculator. This will pop up in a small new window on the same page 

Carry Trade Calculator

If you enter the following details, it will calculate the interest rate on the carry trade automatically:

That's about it on the carry trade - now we need to have a look at the different types of online currency trading brokers, and the ones you should avoid!


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