Online Forex Trading is becoming very popular. There are many trading companies you can choose from, and most offer practice accounts to help you get started. I would recommend doing a general search of Forex Trading and looking over the different sites, as all can be very different and have very different platforms. You will need to enter some basic information and most require an email address to get started. You can open several practice accounts with the different online traders, you’re not limited to having just one. So that will help you in getting used to the systems as well as in gaining an understanding of trading.
I have found that some platforms are easier to work with than others. Some have different types of charting which sometimes can be difficult to understand. After setting up practice accounts you can check with the sites to see which offer webinars, which are absolutely great to help you get started. The webinars will go over the basics and help you to get an understanding of how everything works. Once you’ve taken time to look at the different platforms and see what you like you can set up a live account. For most online trading platforms you will need a credit card to fund your account. You can decide if you would like to set up a "mini" or "micro" type account or a regular account. The amount you are willing to deposit will determine the type of account you will set up. There are online platforms that will allow you to open an account with as little as $25.
There is a risk for loss when trading Foreign Currencies and you will need to determine how much you can afford to lose. Depositing smaller amounts isn't always best. Most companies will close out your transactions if you begin losing a percentage of your margin. So if you’re able to deposit more as a cushion that would be my recommendation. You can buy and sell as much as you want; the fees are established in the pips, when you make your initial purchase.
I have found some really great online sites and along with the sites there are also programs that you can purchase to help you to determine when to buy and sell.
For the most part online Forex Trading can be a great way to invest and it will give you more control over you money.