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Tips on Successful Trading in the Forex Market

Apr 30, 2008
Forex trading is a hot market today; many people are jumping on the bandwagon. However, it's also true that many fail. Why? Many who trade don't take the time to learn the skills they need to so that they can actually achieve success. If they did, many more would be successful in Forex.

Here, I'll discuss things that can get in your way of Forex trading success. I'll also discuss what can help make you more successful in Forex.

First, let's talk about the obstacles to success. There are two major psychological ones in Forex trading: fear and greed. If you operate from greed or fear, you will continually fail in Forex trading.

With Forex trading, you are sometimes going to have losses; everyone does. But if you play your cards right and operate with prudence and careful calculation and not from fear or greed, you're much more likely to have more gains than losses, which should give you an overall profit in Forex trading.

So, let's talk about fear and greed as obstacles for a minute. When you begin to trade in Forex (also known as "foreign exchange"), you're going to have a lot of learning to do first.

When you trade in Forex, be aware that you'll lose sometimes, as all do. However, if you take care and do your trades with careful calculation and caution, you're likely going to have more wins than not. This should give you an overall profit when you trade in Forex. However, if you let fear and greed run you and your trades, the opposite will also be the result. You're going to lose more than you win.

First, learn everything you can about Forex trading. Research Forex brokerage firms, and choose one that has a good reputation. Most good Forex brokers have something you can do called "demo trading." With this particular function, you can trade with "pretend" currency until you have learned all of the ins and outs of trading and know what you have to do.

Let's say that again. NEVER trade until you've had a least a month or two under your belt doing demo trades. Learn everything you need to know about the different kinds of orders you can place, when to place them, how to place them, and so on. Learn how to properly analyze data and charts so that you know when you should get in and get out of trades.

Second, get lots and lots of practice. Then, practice some more. DON'T start trading with your own money until you really know everything possible about Forex trading. It's best to learn how to read charts and trends with two different types of analysis, technical and fundamental.

Some people chose one or the other specifically and do just that; if you're truly a successful trader, though, you're going to use both methods to analyze data and decide how you'll move on a trade. Keep practicing until you are very, very, very comfortable doing trades and your pretend "successes" far outnumber your occasional "failures."

Third, when you think you're ready to start trading with real money, start small. Many Forex traders will let you trade with amounts as small as $10 or so. Yes, at that level, your gains will be small, but so will your losses.

Fourth, once you feel comfortable trading with small amounts, you can begin to trade with larger ones, but never trade with more than you can afford to lose. Don't trade with money you actually need, such as with your mortgage payment.

Fifth and finally, take note of the fact that you can make money through Forex trading as long as you do so with prudence and care. However, recognize that you are NEVER going to win every trade. You're going to lose sometimes.

However, if you develop your own system by practicing on a demo account and making mistakes that you can learn from, you'll be successful; follow your system without letting fear or greed take hold, and you should profit over the long term.

In conclusion, it's wise to remember that Forex trading is not going to guarantee you income. You are actually gambling with your money for the express purpose of trying to make more money. This is as risky as other types of monetary trading are.

Many people make very decent money from this, but they are the ones who are prudent and who take care to study the market carefully before they make a move. If you do this, too, and you never risk more than you can lose, you should be able to learn to be successful at Forex trading as so many have.
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