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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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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 Introduction, Strategy No Comments

How To Make Money On The Forex Market: 5 Golden Rules

Just as there are rules and guidelines for forex trading strategies when you are learning how to make money on the forex market, there are also tricks for dealing with personal factors and habits that undermine our success. Here are 5 golden rules for handling ourselves so that we can move smoothly from hesitant beginner to successful forex trader.

1. Keep Cool

Successful traders do not let their trading depend on their emotions or their emotions depend on their trading. They do not risk more because they are feeling lucky, they do not hesitate when the signs are right, or pull out of a trade too soon out of fear. Equally, they are unlikely to celebrate a gain, nor will they sulk, shout or kick the dog when they lose.

A person who is ruled by their emotions will not make it as a forex market trader. Self discipline can be learned but make sure that you have fully mastered your emotions on a demo account before you think of going live. If you are still taking unplanned risks you are not ready for real trading.

2. Think For Yourself

Different traders have different techniques. This means it there is limited value in getting advice from anybody else. In fact, unless you know that the person follows your system and techniques, their advice is probably worthless to you.

Do not copy somebody else’s system just because they seem to be making money with it. Do your own research and check everything that you are told. Even then, consider carefully before abandoning the system that you have chosen before. There may be factors that you have not taken into account. Something that works for somebody else will not necessarily work for you.

3. Keep Records

Keep a spreadsheet detailing every trade so that you can see patterns in your own results. You do not necessarily need to use it to change anything, but refer to it often to remind yourself of the many small trades that add up to success or failure.

What should you record? At a minimum, the currency pair, your position and the opening and closing prices. However, these bare facts will be much more informative if you can also add why you took the position. Did it fit the criteria of your system? What made you think that the trend would go your way? When you look back you will have a much better view of why your trading history is going well or not so well.

4. If In Doubt, Stay Out

Do not open a trade if you are hesitant or unsure about it, provided of course that you have a reason other than fear for your hesitation. A trade can only go one way or the other, so if it is not completely right, it is wrong. Wait. There will be plenty of better opportunities.

5. Limit Your Trades

Do not be drawn into thinking that you must never miss an opportunity. You do not have to be on top of a lot of different currency pairs and jump into every market regardless of what else you may be doing.

Limit the number of open trades that you have. It is not a good idea to have more than two open positions at the same time, and unless your first trade in the forex market is profitable you should not even consider opening a second.

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 Introduction, Strategy No Comments

A Quick And Easy Foreign Exchange Tutorial

Your first foreign exchange tutorial will cover the basics of what you need to do to get started with forex trading. The aim, of course, is to have you making money by predicting the rise and fall of one currency against another and opening and closing your trades at the right moment.

It takes time to learn to be a successful forex trader but you can cut corners if you have a good introductory program that covers everything you need to know. This includes:

- understanding the principles of currency trading including managing your account, trading margins, and allowing for the cost of the spread

- technical analysis: discovering how to recognize trends in the markets, the different types of charts and how to interpret them so that you can profit from market movements

- fundamental analysis: understanding what to do in the face of major national or international economic events that are likely to impact on currency values.

- finding out how to minimize your risk and protect your trades with stops

- developing the power to apply your system without allowing losses or emotions such as fear to throw you off balance and affect your chances of earning long term profits

A good place to pick up hints and tips can be a forex trading online forum. There are many of these on the internet and members will comment about all kinds of issues relating to the market and their own trading. This can be a great place to go if you have questions.

However, forums have some drawbacks. One is that the advice you get may be very contradictory. There is more than one way to trade forex profitably and it can be confusing to be receiving advice from several different people, each with their own approach. It is usually better to stick to your own system.

The other problem with taking advice on forums is that you do not usually know anything about the people who are posting. Somebody could sound very knowledgeable and then it turns out they have only ever used a demo account and never made a real trade in their lives. Some people spend more time hanging out in forums than trading. Just because somebody is very active in a forum does not mean he or she is an expert.

So do not rely on forums, free guides or untested theories for your trading system. When you are starting out in forex trading you need a solid grounding in the basics and a system that is easy to follow and actually works. As with most things in life you usually have to pay for the best. So look for a foreign exchange tutorial that is part of a profitable forex system.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 Introduction No Comments

Forex Real Time News Trading

Forex real time news trading is a way of making money on the forex market from international events and upcoming current affairs stories. Predicting the way that these events will go and their effect on the currency markets can appear to be very profitable, at least in theory. The problem is that in practice things do not often go the way that you might expect.

The truth is that when it comes to financial news, the major international banks pretty much always make sure that they are the first to hear. When an expected report is released they will have people right there. The trade-from-home little guy, on the other hand, has to wait a few crucial minutes for the report to appear on the TV news or the internet. Even seconds can make a difference.

At times like this the markets will change so swiftly that you cannot really hope to jump in and make money. The banks will dominate the markets and although you may sometimes be lucky, you could easily be wiped out if the news goes against you.

In practice if you do want to trade on the outcome of an upcoming event such as an election or a financial report, you are more likely to try it by opening a trade before the announcement. You might have a strong belief that it will go one way or the other. However, you cannot really know for sure. When you think about it, opening a trade at this time is really nothing more than betting on the outcome.

It is at times like this that we tend to be easily carried away by our own ideas, hopes and emotions. It is can be very difficult to make a rational assessment of a situation where so much can ride on the outcome. Therefore, unless you are really in the thick of the financial news centers, it is probably best to avoid this kind of trading. A system that makes steady profits over a period of time is the best way for most small traders to operate.

Of course you must still keep one eye on the news while you are actively trading, but instead of aiming to make money from current and upcoming events, you are more likely to want to close out on your trades before certain reports are released. Critical times include the opening of the stock exchange in the countries whose currencies you are involved with, and announcements of interest rate changes in those countries. In addition, the USA is such a major player in the forex markets that events in the USA can affect all currency pairs, even if you are not trading the US dollar. You will probably want to avoid being caught with an open trade at all of these times.

For this reason, most traders who operate a sound forex trading system will avoid trading altogether in the extremely uncertain times preceding a major announcement or release of forex real time news.

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Sunday, May 24th, 2009 Introduction No Comments