I do not and have not traded FX, but from what I have read from other people on the forum, I would not classify Forex as a zero sum game, I would say instead it is a losing proposition.
This is due to the wide bid/ask spreads and due to the unregulated broker markets that bet against you.
You would be better off trading currency futures, in my opinion, if you are asking the question.
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It comes close to a zero-sum game if you include the forex broker. The broker wins and the traders lose. So it is a losing proposition for the trader. So you need to overcome transaction fees, the spread and your trading costs.
For shorter time frames and a typical retail account the transaction cost is likely to be much higher than your edge. So even trading off a 5 minute chart has the odds against you. To trade shorter timeframes than that profitably is next to impossible.
There's only a few forex brokers on this planet that will let you make money on Forex and that one of them is Dukascopy and I might say PFG if you negotiate good.
Because of the brokers profit this is not a zero sum market because in a zero sum market there is for every loser an even winner, in forex there is a broker in between that takes profit of the winner, so it's not 'even' anymore.
I must be doing something wrong because for me winning in Forex cash markets is possible.