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Retail Investors Pile into Currency Trading as Euro Slides to Parity With Dollar

Amateurs are diving into the risky world of foreign-exchange markets.

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Americans looking to capitalize on the unusually weak euro aren’t just booking shopping trips to Europe: They’re making risky bets on the currency market. 

While foreign-exchange trading has historically been reserved for specialty desks on Wall Street, big swings in global currencies have enticed DIY traders into the complicated world of FX.