Interview: Trading The Currency Market With Cornelius Luca by J. Gopalakrishnan
Cornelius Luca is an author and international consultant in foreign exchange and technical analysis. Luca has spent his entire professional life in international finance, and since 1983, he has been a foreign currency trader in the major currencies. Whatís the currency market look like right now, considering the unrest in the other markets? To find out what Luca had to say, STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Jayanthi
Gopalakrishnan called him on May 24, 2002.
What got you interested in the currency markets?
I have always been interested in international trade; it is one of the most significant factors behind international affairs. Foreign exchange pretty much goes right
in the middle of international trade, because itís what makes things move faster or slower. Once I was exposed to foreign exchange, I also realized I liked
the markets, and by and large, felt the two were a pretty good combination.
Can you give us an idea of how the currency markets operate?
In terms of scope, foreign exchange generally is the fastest shock absorber when it comes to international pressures among economies. On a day-to-day basis, you have a 24-hour market, which makes it difficult to trade. Because of this you have a variety of large players, primarily banks, and also corporations and hedge funds, that get involved. But central banks donít get involved except on rare occasions.