There are many different types of trading and traders in the finance world.
Currency trading can be very important for the individual investor. Also, it can play an important role in the economy of a country. Countries want to encourage investment in their currency.
A currency trader, however, does not trade in a physical substance like oil or precious metals or even foodstuff. They trade in the value of competing currencies on the world market and other spin offs of those currencies and values, like derivatives and the like which are a complicated subset that is confusing to most.
The value of a countries currency fluctuates on a daily basis depending on many, many factors that can include both political upheaval, social unrest and even natural disasters.
When these currencies fluctuate, the opportunity can be there for traders to make a profit off the rise or even off the fall of that currency depending on how they make their specific trade.
A good and simple example of this is the American dollar, currently the world reserve currency which means it is used in international business more than any other currency for a wide set of very complicated reasons.
If you buy $100,000 worth of American dollars on a Tuesday and then something dramatic occurs in the U.S, for example a really big trade deal or other events that makes the value of the dollar go higher. This makes the dollar go up in value in relation to other currencies and you sell off your position, then you make a profit.
Using the Right Resources
Those that are going to become involved in currency exchange have to use the right resources to help them with this. Some choose to work through currency traders, whilst others prefer to be more independent and work off of currency platforms.