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Bid/Ask Spread

In forex trading, the bid/ask spread refers to the difference between the bid price and the ask price of a currency pair. The bid price is the price at which a trader can sell the currency pair, while the ask price is the price at which a trader can buy the currency pair.

The bid/ask spread is the cost of trading and is determined by the supply and demand of the currency pair in the market. Generally, the bid price is lower than the ask price, and the spread is the difference between the two.

For example, if the bid price for EUR/USD is 1.2000 and the ask price is 1.2002, the bid/ask spread is 2 pips. The spread is typically quoted in pips, which is the smallest unit of measurement in forex trading.

The bid/ask spread can vary based on several factors, such as market volatility, liquidity, and trading volume. Typically, highly liquid currency pairs with high trading volumes have tighter bid/ask spreads, while less liquid pairs with lower trading volumes have wider spreads.

The bid/ask spread is an important consideration for forex traders, as it affects the cost of entering and exiting trades. Tight spreads can make trading more cost-effective, while wide spreads can increase trading costs and potentially impact profitability.

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