[quote=“harpoon, post:3109, topic:6430, full:true”]
a little quote
“The FX markets turn over $5.3 trillion daily(!), and that’s made up of 4% retail and 96% institutional and other speculative “smart” money. That means you, as a beginner, are competing against some of the smartest quants’ algorithms and largest institutional players in the world.”[/quote]
[quote=“Manxx, post:3110, topic:6430, full:true”]
But the reason is not because the FX market is so huge or that there are so many big players out there. For one thing, the direction of the positions we take is not controlled or restricted in any way by what others are doing and they are not taking the other side of just our positions and pushing them into minus.[/quote]
Manxx makes a good point.
We (small, retail traders) are not in competition with the heavy-hitters in the currency market.
Rather, we watch the heavy-hitters battle each other, as they react to the fundamentals and technicals in play in the market.
Then we bet on the outcome of their battle.
Our bets can be large or small. And they can be modified, or withdrawn, or reversed, during the course of the battle – giving us a measure of control over our bets which is not available in most betting venues. We do all this without revealing our identities or tipping our hands, because our largest bets are insignificant in this vast market.
I compare it to betting on a heavyweight prize fight, without having to get into the ring.