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Fundamental Analysis Vs Technical Analysis in the Forex Trading Market

The main difference between fundamental vs technical analysis of the Forex trading market is that, while fundamental analysis uses economic, political, social and other factors that affect supply and demand of the trading Forex market to foresee price movements, technical analysis uses mathematical and graphical charts of previous market action, in order to analyze the Forex trading market.

The basic difference between Forex fundamental and technical analysis is therefore that:

  • - Forex Fundamental analysis uses various factors that influence supply and demand to predict the currency change.
  • - Technical analysis uses charts of previous currency change to predict the currency change.

Cause and Effect of Market Price - Forex Fundamental analysis looks at causes of currency change. Forex Technical analysis looks at effects. Fundamental analysis causes, such as government policy, can later be seen in the technical analysis charts that constitutes the effects of the certain policy.

Types of Analysts - Fundamental investors would research a currency from top to bottom, looking at interest rates, balance of trade, the gross domestic product, unemployment and other economic factors, in order to see if a certain currency is about to rise or drop in value. Technical investors, on the other hand, would look at the price action of the Forex trading market, and view chart details such as open, high, low, close, volume and open interest for the currency price of a certain time to notice changes in the currency. This is why fundamental analysis is more suited for long term Forex forecasting, while technical analysis foresees short term changes in the Forex trading market.

Combination Analysis - The most recommended method of Forex trading is to use both fundamental and technical analysis together. This way, you can study fundamental analysis of a currency, and find out what are its economic factors and what is its future direction. After this you turn into technical analysis, and study those currencies charts, trying to see the right timing to step in, and buy/sell the certain currency.

After using both types of analysis you can be sure you are covered both ways, and you can now turn to invest in Forex trading, with the confidence that you know what currency to trade with, and when to trade as well.

Jim Barns, Market Analyst

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