This page works hand in hand with the Financial Markets Forum. You can create your own profile, engage in discussion and exchange ideas with other investors by visiting the Financial Markets Forum on this link.

VERY IMPORTANT: The information we give here is NOT investment advice and should not be treated as such – DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH before making a decision to invest. Also, note that past performance is not an indication of future results. Only invest what you are willing to lose and know that your capital is at risk.

WHAT ARE FINANCIAL MARKETS?

A financial market is a broad term describing any marketplace where buyers and sellers participate in the trade of assets such as equities, bonds, currencies and derivatives. Financial markets are typically defined by having transparent pricing, basic regulations on trading, costs and fees, and market forces determining the prices of securities that trade.

Financial markets can be found in nearly every nation in the world. Some are very small, with only a few participants, while others – like the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the forex markets – trade trillions of dollars daily.

Investors have access to a large number of financial markets and exchanges representing a vast array of financial products. Some of these markets have always been open to private investors; others remained the exclusive domain of major international banks and financial professionals until the very end of the twentieth century.

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Cryptocurrencies are essentially just digital money, digital tools of exchange that use cryptography and blockchain technology to facilitate secure and anonymous transactions. There have been several iterations of cryptocurrency over the years, but Bitcoin truly thrust cryptocurrencies forward in the late 2000s. There are thousands of cryptocurrencies floating on the market now, but Bitcoin is by far the most popular.

New to Cryptocurrencies? Start with these articles:

Now that you get the basics, here are links to our forums filled with educational material for the three biggest cryptocurrencies by Market Cap as of January 2018 – Happy trading!

  1. Bitcoin (BTC)
  2. Ripple (XRP)
  3. Ethereum (ETH)

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