Forex brokers deal in foreign exchanges and foreign currency trading. They are different from most brokers because the commissions for forex brokers are derived from the trader's spread that is offered by the broker. This spread is the difference between the offer made and the actual bid obtained. Since the market moves so quickly these brokers need to be constantly available and have a fast reliable platform on which to trade.
Some full service brokerage firms have brokers specializing in foreign exchange and currencies. There are other brokerages firms that only deal in foreign trading. Either way the forex brokers have to be accredited so they are familiar with the terms and rules established by the exchange for trading currencies. Based on current market conditions they should have the flexibility to swap between various currencies at any given time without a wide range of commissions to the broker.
Forex brokers should provide the trader with advice on profitable investments based on their current knowledge and strategies used around foreign exchanges and foreign currencies. They should also provide the trader with a reliable platform in which to make their trades, including current information, newsletters, charts and trends to assist the trader in making a wise investment choice.
Your forex broker should offer and guarantee stop losses with reasonable charges and fees. They should also minimize slippage. Stop losses and slippage are some of the most important aspects of training on a foreign exchange so your forex broker should offer the best support and services available for traders.
A reputable bank should be used to hold your trading funds rather than the brokers holding account. When you start using a new forex broker, start out investing small until you become more confident with their abilities and your returns. This can also help minimize your investment and trading risks.