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What Can I Learn from Currency Dealers?

By Louis H-P on January 22, 2020

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Currency dealers is one of those mythical financial terms which everyone has heard about, but without quite knowing what it really means. In financial job descriptions, some job titles are used interchangeably and can be a little confusing to the outsider. Currency dealers are not quite as Wolf of Wall Street as you imagine… let us expand on that!

What are Currency Dealers?

Currency dealers often spend their time on the phoneIn one of the oldest jobs in finance they are there to exchange one currency into another. The Forex market is one of the largest markets in the world, and is driven by trade. If you are a businessman buying some goods in Renminbi to sell in US dollars, then you will need to exchange some currency. Approaching a currency dealer will help you get this done. If you have regular currency transactions, a dealer may also be able to advise you when is the optimum time to exchange your currency! Although their job is fundamentally a transactional one, dealers are sometimes able to give currency trading tips.

Back to school

We would be doing you a dis-justice if we did not expand on financial vocabulary! Currency dealers may mean one job description to you, but quite another to someone working in the financial industry. Traders are the ones which all the power: who buy and sell with the aim of making money. Indeed, Institutional traders will trade over seconds, minutes and even weeks and months. Dealers are there to place deals. They get their deals from Traders.

Watching the charts

Technical analysis can help currency dealersCurrency dealers need to be excellent at technical analysis. Their ability to save their client a few $$$ with each trade will make their client send repeat business to them. Although currency dealers will not be keen to hold on to positions for too long, there are strategies which can be used to profit from shorter time frames. The weekly chart often has opportunities hidden in it. The risk reward ratio can also help you take a little risk whilst protecting you from the downside.

Discretion is the better part of valor

If you are, for example, an important national bank which has to sell several hundred million of your currency as part of a mandate, the you cannot place the trade in one go! If the Forex market was to see you selling such a large sum in one go, they would asks questions and maybe worry. This can cause panic. Currency dealers will therefore seek to sell this amount over a period of time and to different people. This makes the trade less visible, reducing the risk of volatility. A good dealer will have the ‘nous’ to know when to start placing these deals into the market and who to approach. If they are really good, they will know how to make a few extra bob on the turn through their timing and seeing an mismatch in rates offered by different banks.

Watch the costs…

Good currency dealers can save you moneyAlthough currency dealers are there to provide to provide a service, they are also there to make a profit. If you use them, be careful how much they charge you. If you are unsure, ring a few currency dealers to get an idea. There is information how brokers rip off their clients in the public domain! Don’t claim you were not warned!


Any retail Forex trader seeking to grow their wealth through foreign currency trading is always keen for Forex tips. Sometimes this can mean learning what the professionals are doing. This can help reduce mistakes but also increase one’s knowledge, and knowledge is power! Although interest rates expectations are one of the primary drivers of currency movements, fundamentally trade and the need for currency plays a huge part. Without currency dealers, their would be no one to satisfy the demand for foreign exchange!

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Louis H-P

Louis is a portfolio manager and a trader who brings a wealth of experience in private banking to The Lazy Trader. A fundamentalist and a trouble-shooter, Louis makes a firm contribution to the trading team.

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Louis H-P

Louis is a portfolio manager and a trader who brings a wealth of experience in private banking to The Lazy Trader. A fundamentalist and a trouble-shooter, Louis makes a firm contribution to the trading team.

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