There are many kinds of charts, each of which helps to visually analyze market conditions, assess and create forecasts, and identify behavior patterns.

Several companies created online trading platforms after 1996 that provided a quick and easy way for individuals to buy and sell on the Forex Spot market. In addition, the companies realized that by pooling many retail traders together, they had the size to enter the upper echelons of the forex market, which reduced the size of the spread. As the business grew, the market makers were given better prices, which they then passed on to the customer.

By 1973, the forces of supply and demand were in control of the currencies of major industrialized nations, and currency now moved more freely across borders.