Forex trading refers to the trading of different currencies against each other. The word "Forex" is actually derived from the term - Foreign Exchange. Forex is traded in pair. For example, let us consider EUR/USD. Here we buy Euro (EUR), while selling US Dollar (USD) at the same time. So if we buy 100 Euros today, it might cost us $120 USD. When we decide to sell it, say tomorrow, the Euro’s value against Dollar may have increased to $130 USD. The increase of $10 USD is our profit. In real-life however, this all happens in a matter of seconds. Forex trading is usually done through a broker. However, it is very important that the Forex broker is technically sound and has excellent support services in order to help you invest effectively. Since in the real environment is very fast paced and does not offer the time frame to sit, relax and ponder, the broker must be able to train and educate the traders so that they can be successful in the real environment. The best brokers will offer customized training sessions, dedicated assistants and test environment. The best brokers will also have access to as many pairs of Forex currencies as possible. Alpari UK provides as many as 34 pairs of currencies, including the all major pairs. Before Alpari lets us trade, it will try and make sure, you have the sufficient knowledge and know-how to be successful. Alpari conducts its trading on a platform called MetaTrader 4 that also serves as a guide for the trader. In order to make sure that you are making a well-informed decision, Alpari Forex brings to its traders a wide range of proprietary research tools. They include Trading Central, Autochartist, Alpari AM, TraderConnect and Newsroom. Trading Central provides crisp and insightful information on how the market moves. Since all market information about the market may not be needed by each trader, independent analysts compile customized reports such that it may suit all kinds of traders. The reports compiled cater to all investment categories such as Forex, indices, futures, bonds and equities. Too much data can often slow us down. Autochartist makes sure it trims down the data and provides easily readable information in form of graphic representations. Often comparing numbers is not enough to predict trends, proper graphical representations help us understand trends and patterns. The Autochartist is free for all Alpari UK Live account holders. It refreshed automatically every 15 minutes (or any interval you might like) and provides you a real-time analysis. However, sometimes, we need a little more help to decide when to trade. If you need more specific information that just charts and regular reports to identify trading opportunities, Alpari AM might be the thing for you. Alpari AM scouts the market and cross references previous trends to identify potential trading opportunities. It is easy to understand and can generate reports from all over the world. Furthermore, it comes free for all Alpari UK Live account holders. Alpari FX Trading is well-supported and a thought out process. There are technical information and regular webinars to help traders. It provides different types of accounts to motivate budding as well as experienced traders.