Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Forex brokers will quote you two different prices for currency pairs: the bid and the ask prices.

bid” is the price at which you can sell the base currency.

Ask ” is the price at which you can buy the base currency.

The difference between these two prices is called the Spread.

is also known as “Bid-ask spread”.

Spreads are how “commission-free” brokers make money.

Instead of charging separate trading fees, the costs are built into the bid and ask prices of the currency pairs you wish to trade.

From a business perspective, it makes sense. To provide a service, a broker must make money in some way.

  • They make money by selling the currency to for a higher price than the currency was purchased for .
  • They can also make money by buying currency from for a price lower than the price they sold the currency for.
  • This difference is called the Spread.

It’s like trying to sell your old iPhone to a store that buys used iPhones. (A smartphone with only two rear cameras? Disgusting!)

Price Spread

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