Having the ability to trade currencies using regular banks will be a big step forward in bringing forex trading to the masses. This is the second article in a series of articles about forex coming to the mainstream. Previous article: Forex Education – The First Step to Make Forex More Mainstream. Most people make investments using their banks. It’s much easier trading stocks from the same account where you deposit the paycheck. Opening a separate account, making a deposit and starting to trade requires people to be active. And most people aren’t. And what options do banks offer?Regular banks have a big role in forex trading – but not for the retail trader – only for interbank liquidity. Most serious brokers rely on bigger institutions for liquidity. Market makers don’t do it for small clients (they bet against them in many cases), but are forced to work with banks for big positions. Retail trading is almost impossible Some banks around the world enable holding foreign currency in your account. This is usually limited to the very major currencies, and is subject to very high commissions. And forex trading? Most banks that I know of don’t enable this option. In rare cases, forex trading will be limited to certain hours and will feature extreme spreads. Automated trading? Special study tools? Advanced charts? Forget about it. Banks might offer nice tools for trading stocks. These tools are way behind the basic tools that every forex broker offers today. Currently banks aren’t keen on supporting forex trading. They contribute to the risky image that forex trading has. Without their support, forex will never reach the masses. There are already a few banks that have a section for forex. They are outnumbered by the banks that don’t. After the outbreak of the financial crisis in the autumn of 2008, the volume of retail forex trading rose. With this rise, banks became more aware of this alternative to stocks, that were plunging at that time. I believe that more and more banks will carefully start offering forex trading to their clients. They’ll want to compete with forex brokers and attract more mainstream audience. They might have harsh limits on leverage and might not allow all their clients to trade at first. Banks are slow to move and they’ll be extra careful, especially with new regulation. They won’t need to offer better tools or spreads to traders. They will be looking for different clients – clients that aren’t constantly searching for a better broker – clients that only want another option within their home bank. Ready to connect with real Forex traders? Currensee is the first Forex trading social network. Yohay Elam Yohay Elam Yohay Elam: Founder, Writer and Editor I have been into forex trading for over 5 years, and I share the experience that I have and the knowledge that I've accumulated. After taking a short course about forex. Like many forex traders, I've earned a significant share of my knowledge the hard way. Macroeconomics, the impact of news on the ever-moving currency markets and trading psychology have always fascinated me. Before founding Forex Crunch, I've worked as a programmer in various hi-tech companies. I have a B. Sc. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University. Given this background, forex software has a relatively bigger share in the posts. Yohay's Google Profile View All Post By Yohay Elam Opinions share Read Next Forex Daily Outlook – July 2 2010 Anat Dror 11 years Having the ability to trade currencies using regular banks will be a big step forward in bringing forex trading to the masses. This is the second article in a series of articles about forex coming to the mainstream. Previous article: Forex Education - The First Step to Make Forex More Mainstream. Most people make investments using their banks. It's much easier trading stocks from the same account where you deposit the paycheck. Opening a separate account, making a deposit and starting to trade requires people to be active. And most people aren't. And what options do banks offer?Regular banks have… Top Forex Brokers All Brokers Sponsored Brokers Broker Benefits Min Deposit Score Visit Broker 1 $100T&Cs Apply 0% Commission and No stamp DutyRegulated by US,UK & International StockCopy Successfull Traders 9.8 Visit Site FreeBets Reviews$100Your capital is at risk.2 T&Cs Apply 9.8 Visit Site FreeBets Reviews$100Your capital is at risk.3 Recommended Broker $100T&Cs Apply No deposit or withdrawal feesTrade major forex pairs such as EUR/USD with leverage up to 30:1 and tight spreads of 0.9 pips Low $100 minimum deposit to open a trading account 9 Visit Site FreeBets ReviewsYour capital is at risk.4 T&Cs Apply Visit Site FreeBets ReviewsYour capital is at risk.5 Recommended Broker $0T&Cs Apply Trade gold, silver, and platinum directly against major currenciesUp to 1:500 leverage for forex trading24/5 customer service by phone and email 9 Visit Site FreeBets ReviewsYour capital is at risk.