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Trade Forex For Profit: One Thing You Must Have

If you want to trade forex for profit, there is one thing that you must have and that is a trading plan. The forex market is a fast moving financial environment where a lot of money can be made in a short time, and lost too. This makes it stressful and confusing in the beginning.

If you do not have a plan for your trading strategies you will be making decisions based on the emotions of the moment which could be fear, greed, panic or euphoria. Decisions made from emotion will almost certainly not be good decisions.

First establish your goals and your boundaries. Do you have a clear idea of how much you might expect to make if your trading is successful? It will probably not be millions. Plan for a slowly increasing level of profits and start small. If you have big expectations you will be tempted to take big risks to try to meet your profit targets, and you could end up with nothing but losses.

Boundaries means risk. How much money are you prepared to risk when you trade forex? This should be money that you do not need for any other purpose. Are you confident enough that you have a good chance of making money with it, rather than losing it? Have you already been trading successfully with a demo account?

You also need to be clear about your position size for each trade. This means taking account of the consequences when a trade goes against you. This will certainly happen sometimes.

Your position size will also relate to your system. Some systems aim to provide a very high percentage of winning trades but losses are large when they happen; others have more losing trades but each loss is smaller. What are the chances of your system giving you two, three, or five or more losses in a row? You need to adjust your position size to provide for the worst that can be expected, because sooner or later it will happen.

A forex trader needs to remain as calm as a poker player and accept losses as well as gains. It is all part of the experience. Remind yourself that your trading system is based on sound analysis and if you keep to your trading plan you should profit. At all times you should know how much you have at risk, what is your potential gain and your potential loss, and where you plan to close the trade in both cases.

Your trading plan should also include how you will implement your forex trading system. What sources of information will you use? Which of the indicators are most valuable for your forex trading style? Where will you go for advice when you need it?

Foreign exchange trading requires a clear strategy that you can set out in a written plan. Remember, if you fail to plan you are planning to fail. You can modify your plan if it needs it, but do not change it while you have open trades. Never enter the market to trade forex without a clear trading plan that you know you can stick to!

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Metatrader 4 Expert Advisor: What You Need To Know

The Metatrader 4 expert advisor range is the most popular range of forex autopilot software. There is a wide choice of expert advisors designed to run on this free downloadable platform or framework that sets a structure for EAs to be built on. Whichever expert advisor (EA) you choose will act as a robot on the forex market, trading for you according to the boundaries that you set.

Clearly this has many advantages over making all of the moves in a trade yourself. The EA does not need breaks for eating, sleeping and human contact. Neither does it suffer from human weaknesses such as fear and over optimism which can distract us from our systems and lead us to exit a trade too soon or not soon enough. Once you have set it up it will obey your system to the letter all the time that it is online.

An EA will often protect your interests when you could not do it yourself. The opportunity to set a trailing stop is one example. A trailing stop automatically moves up with rising prices but stays in place if the market falls. This means that on a successful trade it protects a part of your profits without exiting too soon. On an unsuccessful trade it protects you from heavy losses just as a standard stop would do.

Some of the functions of an expert advisor depend on having it constantly connected to the internet. This because MT4 and the EA run on your own computer or server, not on your broker’s servers. For example if you have set a trailing stop, MT4 sends a message to your broker account to move the stop each time and it has to be connected to the internet to do that.

This means that to make the most of the potential of a Metatrader 4 expert advisor on a home computer you have to leave your computer online 24 hours Sunday night thru Friday unless you happen to have exited all of your trades before you stop work on any particular day.

Any break in the connection will mean that no more messages are sent to your brokerage so the trailing stop will be left where it was last set. It will still protect you from a large loss but it will not move up any more so you will have lost some of the advantage of having a system that works while you sleep.

However, some EAs can be hosted remotely. This means that you can set them up on an internet server instead of your own computer. This could be your own or a facility offered by the EA company. They may offer this option as an upgrade after you order their Metatrader 4 expert advisor.

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