Forex Arbitrage has Skills
In simple terms, Forex arbitrage (or any form of arbitrage) occurs when a trader takes advantage of a price difference of an item in two different markets. In other words, the trader finds a low price to buy an item at within one market, and then is able to turn around and sell the same item for a higher price in another market.
This is a unique way to make money as, if the right opportunities are found, there is little to no risk involved. Profits also appear instantaneously because the buying and selling of that item is done as quickly as possible in order to capitalize off of the disparities amongst the different markets.
This happens quite often in the Forex market. Because the buying and selling of currencies is an over the counter type of trading, there are many different markets to trade upon throughout the world. You can, for instance, buy the Japanese yen in one market, and turn around and sell it for a higher price within another.
As you can imagine, these opportunities don’t appear often. But when they do, you can make quite a bit of money. Because the risk is so low for this activity, you can put more money into arbitrage trades in order to make more money.
This process does require a good deal of patience and even more studying. Markets, even the Forex markets, are usually pretty efficient and differences between them, in the rare case that this happens, correct themselves fairly quickly. Think about it this way, the laws of supply and demand are generally the same from market to market. When an inefficiency in this law occurs, it is corrected when more people discover the inefficiency. This means that the Forex markets, although largely independent of each other, will roughly be the same at any given time because people will find the inefficiencies and correct them through their trading. As demand increases, the price goes up—this plugs any holes that were originally there.