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How to Trade Forex Successfully

Apr 28, 2008
There are many individual investors who have made a killing in the Forex market as traders. However, it's quite rare to be a successful trader. Up to 95% of Forex traders are not a success. However, you can help solidify your success as a trader over the long haul. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Greed, inexperience and fear will kill you in Forex, and this is why most people fail. In fact, traders have even brought themselves to complete financial ruin. How do you help ensure you don't do the same? You take the time to learn the Forex market as a trader so that you know what you're doing. If you do that, you'll have much better luck.

What should you do to help ensure that you're going to be successful as a Forex trader?

Inexperience can lead to financial ruin. Therefore, what you should do is to get some experience before you trade with real money. How do you do this?

First do some broad overview research into the Forex market. Learn what the Forex market is and what you'll need to study. You'll need to be able to follow trends and to know when and how to make your trades. One point here is that this is not a simple skill set. In fact, you're going to have to spend quite a lot of time practicing and studying to learn what you need to before you even begin to trade with real money.

Second research some Forex brokers and determine which have good customer service so that you can choose a good one. Most Forex brokers have something called "demo trading" or a similar term that you can do as an inexperienced trader so that you gain the experience you need to be successful as a Forex trader.

Once you've chosen a good broker, open an account with that broker and begin practice trading on your demo account without real money. This is how you learn your way around a successful trade.

A good point to remember with this particular part of the learning curve is that you're going to fail, and in fact, this is necessary. You need to learn how to study trends and charts, and you'll need to learn how to do two different kinds of analysis.

From there, you can learn how to properly buy, sell and hold orders based upon your own analysis and system you've established.

Another good point to this particular kind of "practice" trading is that you will learn how to lose on a trade without panicking. And that's another key point: absolutely EVERY trader sometimes loses on a trade. You'll lose on trades, too, but the key to any successful trader is to come out ahead on more trades than you lose.

Now, here are some things you shouldn't do:

Never risk money you can't afford to lose. People talk about Forex trading as "easy" money, but it's really not. You're still gambling and taking risks. Therefore, don't use the mortgage payment, grocery money, or any money that you have put aside for necessities. Only trade with money that you can be comfortable losing.

Set up your system so that you're not going to be driven out of fear or greed to do a trade. Your system should tell you when to get out of a trade even if you're losing on it, and you need to know when you should get out of a winning trade, too.

You could stay in too long and lose money, and you can also stay in too long when you could have gotten out ahead. Once you've gotten your system established, you'll know what to do and will use prudence and common sense instead of letting emotion, fear or greed run your trades.

If you follow the above tips, you should have more successful trades than not. That is what is going to make you successful in the Forex market as a result.
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