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signalsprovider posted a topic in Brokers News & DiscussionsStocks vs Forex The foreign exchange market might seem very similar to other financial markets to some people. On the surface, the forex exchange has many similarities to the stock exchange. However, there are a number of differences. Below is a breakdown of some of the major differences that might not be obvious to everyone. The Marketplace The stock market is a centralized market, meaning that it is located mainly in one place: the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). All trades enter and exit from that location. Forex is not centralized, and is considered an over-the-counter (or OTC) exchange. Trading Hours The stock market is operated on a strict schedule. So is the forex market. However, the stock market operates for 8 hours per day and then shuts down. Traders have to wait until the next morning to start trading again. There is no downtime in the forex market. It’s operated 24 hours a day in 3 shifts, 365 days a year. The forex trading hours in the U.S., Asian and European markets overlap, so trading at any time of the day or night is seamless. http://www.signals-provider.com