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Learning to Trade Forex

May 27, 2008
Learning to trade forex at online dealing sites is very easy. Learning to trade forex well and at a frequent profit is more of a challenge.

There many good reasons why learning to trade forex is worthwhile. Forex, or foreign exchange trading, is the big boy of them all in the trading field. Daily volumes are in the trillions of dollars. The fantastic size of the forex market reflects the basic use and movement of money in the modern world. The incredible activity every business day means that the skilled forex trader has an almost unlimited pool of money to tap into as a trader.

After learning to trade forex the more successful forex traders can make hundreds, even thousands, of dollars every business day right from their own home or office computer. One of the most successful forex traders ever, George Soros, once made over a billions dollars in just a couple days time by correctly forecasting that the Bank of England would not be able to support an overvalued British Pound.

After Soros completed his analysis he took massive action and placed a large short position against the Pound. Of course, having the guts to believe in your own analysis and to be able to pull the trigger is key to any traders success. As the Pound went into a tailspin Soros rode his trade all the way down and made his fortune.

So to come back to the few good reasons to why learning to trade forex may be a good idea for those who have risk capital to trade with:

1. The forex market is where the big money is. There are no predefined limits as to what a skilled trader can make from trading forex.

2. The forex market is truly worldwide and in major currencies almost always quite active. You can trade the forex market around the clock five days a week.

3. The forex market is extremely liquid and deep. This means that there are always dealing quotes at which you can buy or sell active currencies at narrow spreads.

4. Forex trading usually comes at you fast. Your trades will most often move into profit or hit a stop loss point very quickly.

5. Currencies usually trend in one direction for very long time periods. It is not unusual for a currency to trend in one direction for three to five years at a time. When you trade with the major trend you gain a trading edge.

If there is one point above all others about learning to trade forex it is this one. Your chances of having a successful outcome to your trade are increased tremendously when you trade with the major trend. When you enter your trade on a reaction (correction) within the trend your odds of completing a successful trade increase even further.

As an example, let us say that you have identified the Euro as being in a major uptrend against the US Dollar. This is easy to determine by looking at a long term chart of the Euro against the Dollar. Instead of immediately placing a trade into the forex market and buying the Euro at its current level you wait until a correction takes place and buy the Euro on a pullback. This takes some patience and discipline to do but the payoff can be huge.

As the major trend kicks in your Euro position is immediately in profit. Then you have the pleasant decision to make as to when to take your profit. Learning to trade forex can be broken down into a series of decisions like this. You can learn to trade forex by breaking trades down into a series of easy to follow rules. But you must perform better than most traders and follow your rules and not trade unless trades fall within your trading parameters.

The key to learning to trade forex at a profit is to take your time and make a careful analysis as to the direction of the trend. Then you must wait for a good entry point. Patience and discipline are the hallmarks of the most successful forex traders.
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