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The Forex Market - Do's, Don'ts, and Other Things to Remember

Jun 3, 2008
One of the nicer features about the Forex Market is that it doesn't matter how big or little you are financially, there's always an opportunity for you. Whether it's a nation's government or John Q. Public, there is plenty of room for more traders in the market. However, if you're just starting out and you're still somewhere between the education process and executing your very first trade, here a few suggestions to help you stay focused and hopefully get on the road to success.

Five things to do when choosing a broker:

1. You can save money by looking for lower spreads. The spread is the difference between a currency's purchase and sell price basically. This is where the market makers earn their money. They don't charge you a commission.

2. Make sure the broker is backed by a quality financial institution. That broker is probably affiliated with a large bank or lending institution by virtue of the fact that large amounts of capital can be required in the industry.

3. You want a broker that can provide you with the tools and research you need to survive and succeed. Real-time charts, real-time data and news, support for trading systems, and technical analysis tools are good things to have available. The better Forex brokers will have these available to you.

4. If you only have a minimum to invest, find a broker that offers high leverage. "Mini Accounts" are the small accounts that beginners without a lot of investment capital can start with. Usually, they only require a $250-$300 deposit and you're on your way. Leverage is a necessary factor of currency trading since price deviations are only fractions of a cent.

5. You want to find the right account that will accommodate all of your needs. Make sure that you find a broker who can provide you with a combination of the best learning tools, the right amount of leverage, and the services that equate to the amount of capital that you have to invest.

Two things to shy away from when choosing a broker:

1. Hunting or Sniping - if a broker operates by prematurely purchasing or selling near preset points, he is only in it for his own gain, and is shady at best in his ethics. Avoid this kind of broker at all cost.

2. Margin Rules that are too strict - if the broker has a "my way or the highway" attitude about this, then by all means, take the highway because his way will cause you significant loss.

Three things to remember:

1. Open a "demo" account - the best way to develop your skills so that first real trade is beneficial to you is to do some "paper trading" or trading on paper where no money is required. Practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more.

2. Keep your emotions out of the picture - use your head, not your heart. Set those stop-loss and take-profit points to go off automatically. No matter how smart you are, you will never remember all of them.

3. Trends are your best friends - you better have a very good reason for going against a trend in the market. You'll have a higher rate of success if you pay attention to what the trends are doing.
About the Author
Justin Stewart has used software to automatically trade the forex market allowing him to earn a living without lifting a finger, even while he sleeps. You can use the same forex software to get the same results.
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