In April 2016, 88 percent of trades happened between the U.S. dollar and some other currency. The euro is next at 31 percent. That’s down from 39 percent in April 2010. The yen carry trade returned with force. Its trades rose from 17 percent in 2007 to 22 percent in 2016. Trading in the Chinese yuan more than doubled from 2 percent in 2013 to 4 percent in 2016.
As the world becomes more and more interconnected and countries begin to rely on imports and exports to keep their economies functioning, forex trading has risen up as a popular alternative to stock trading. Forex traders enjoy the freer schedule that comes along with the decentralized currency market, which forgoes the traditional 9-to-5 schedule on which Wall Street operates.
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