Tips for forex traders

Reply Mon 29 Sep, 2008 04:36 am
Hi all, lets contribute the best of best tips for all forex people......

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Reply Mon 29 Sep, 2008 04:37 am
Trade with money you can afford to lose:
Trading forex markets is speculative and can result in loss, it is also exciting, exhilarating and can be addictive. The more you are 'involved with your money' the harder it is to make a clear-headed decision. Money you have earned is precious, but money you need to survive should never be traded.

If in doubt, stay out:
If you're unsure about a trade and find you're hesitating, stay on the sidelines.

Trade logical transaction sizes:
Margin trading allows the forex trader a very large amount of leverage, trading at full margin capacity can make for some very large profits or losses on an account. Scaling your trades so that you may re-enter the market or make transactions on other currencies is generally wiser. In short, don't trade amounts that can potentially wipe you out and don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Identify the state of the market:
What is the market doing? Is it trending upwards, downwards, is it in a trading range. Is the trend strong or weak, did it begin long ago or does it look like a new trend that's forming. Getting a clear picture of the market situation is laying the groundwork for a successful trade.

Determine what time frame you're trading on:
It is important to define from the outset if you'll be 'scalping' (trying to get a few points off the market) trading intra-day, or going longer term. This will also determine what chart period you're looking at. If you trade many times a day, there's no point basing your technical analysis on a daily graph, you'll probably want to analyse 30 minute or hour graphs. Additionally it is important to know the different time periods when various financial centers enter and exit the market as this creates more or less volatility and liquidity and can influence market movements.

Time your trade:
You can be right about a potential market movement but be too early or too late when you enter the trade. Timing considerations are twofold, an expected market figure like CPI, retail sales or a federal reserve decision can consolidate a movement that's already underway. Timing your move means knowing what's expected and taking into account all considerations before trading. Technical analysis can help you identify when and at what price a move may occur.

Gauge market sentiment:
Market sentiment is what most of the market is perceived to be feeling about the market and therefore what it is doing or will do. This is basically about trend. You may have heard the term 'the trend is your friend', this basically means that if you're in the right direction with a strong trend you will make successful trades. This of course is very simplistic, a trend is capable of reversal at any time. Technical and fundamental data can indicate however if the trend has begun long ago and if it is strong or weak.

Market expectation:
Market expection relates to what most people are expecting as far as upcoming news is concerned. If people are expecting an interest rate to rise and it does, then there usually will not be much of a movement because the information will already have been 'discounted' by the market, alternatively if the adverse happens, markets will usually react violently.

Use what other traders use:
In a perfect world, every trader would be looking at a 14 day RSI and making trading decisions based on that. If that was the case, when RSI would go under the 30 level, everyone would buy and by consequence the price would rise. Needless to say, the world is not perfect and not all market participants follow the same technical indicators, draw the same trendlines and identify the same support & resistance levels. The great diversity of opinions and techniques used translates directly into price diversity. Traders however have a tendency to use a limited variety of technical tools. The most common are 9 and 14 day RSI, obvious trendlines and support levels, fibonnacci retracement, MACD and 9, 20 & 40 day exponential moving averages. The closer you get to what most traders are looking at, the more precise your estimations will be. The reason for this is simple arithmetic, larger numbers of buyers than sellers at a certain price will move the market up from that price and vice-versa.
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Reply Wed 19 Nov, 2008 11:43 pm
Here are some simple tips that will help you increase your profit potential prevent you losing money.

1. Select your first broker

When you first decide to trade Forex you will need to locate a reliable broker. Edit (Moderator) URL Removed It's very important that you familiarize yourself with the software the broker uses for making trades analyzing the market any other features they may offer. Many have a training or tutorial account that will allow you to signup make trades for free. Use this to your advantage before just jumping in tossing your money in.

2. Get simple method you understand

In forex trading many people think that the more complicated a method they use in forex trading the more likely they are to make money. The fact is that is not a truth the simple systems work best. As you know there are two main ways to analysis the currency rate: fundamental technical analysis. Simple systems are more robust easier to trade with discipline as you underst the logic can therefore follow it with confidence when it has a losing period.

3. Trade the big trends not trade frequently

Although short term trading long term trading are both good you have to catch the big long term trends that make the big profits. The big moves in forex trading with optimum risk to reward come just few times a year so don't trade for the sake of trading wait for these moves - These are the that will make you the big profits that's why you're trading.

4. Work smart not hard

Once you have a system your happy with that's it. People go on about working hard in forex trading to educate yourself but once you have your system stick with it. The market doesn't give you extra dollars for effort you get your reward for trading correctly.
Forex trading is risky so you need to manage your money place your stop order far enough away the market action to allow for volatility.
Placing stops too close to entry not taking enough risk dooms most traders to fail.
Also when you have a profit don't move the stop up to quickly be patient give the trade room to breathe.

5. The formula to success

The formula to success in forex trading is to do the following:

Using Simple Method + With Discipline + Control Risks = Forex Trading Success

Keep these simple tips in your mind you could make some big profits on forex trading.
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Reply Thu 11 Dec, 2008 01:29 am

The success of Forex trading, like any other trading, lies in your ability to buy for less and sell for more. You can trade in Forex market successfully if you keep patience and a little diligence. You can also safeguard yourself from frauds and scams if you stay alert and skeptical.
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Reply Sat 10 Jan, 2009 03:21 am
Here are some of my tips.

1. Implement a trading plan.

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. A trading plan is especially crucial in Forex trading to stay ‘in-control’ against the emotional stress in speculative situation. Often, your emotions will blind and lead you to the negative sides: greed causes you to over-ride on a win while fear causes you to cut short in your profits. Hence, a well organized operation has to be predetermined and strictly followed.

2. Trade within your means

If you cannot afford to lose, you cannot afford to win. Losing is a not a must but it is the natural in any trading market. Trading should be always done using excess money in your savings. Before you start to trade in Forex, we suggest you to put aside some of your income to set up your own investment funds and trade only using that funds.

3. Avoid emotion trading

If you do not have a trading plan, make one. If you have a trading plan, follows it strictly! Never ever attempt to hold your weakened position and hope the market will turn back in your favor direction. You might end up losing all your capital if you keep holding. Move on, stay within your trading plan, and admit your mistakes if things do not turn as you want.

4. Ride on a win and cut your losses

Forex trader should always ride till the market turns around whenever a profit is show; while during losing, never hesitate to admit your mistakes and exit the market. It is human nature to stay long on loses and satisfy with small profits " this is why as we mentioned earlier that a strictly followed trading plan is a must-have.

5. Love the trends

Trends are your friends. Although currency values fluctuate but from the big picture it normally goes in a steady direction. If you are not sure on certain moves, the long term trend is always your primary reference. In long run, trading with the trends improves your odds in the Forex market.

6. Stop looking for leading indicators

There aren’t any in the Forex market. While some firms make a lot of money selling software that predicts the future, the reality is that if those products really worked, they wouldn’t be giving the secrets away.

7. Avoid trading in a thin market

Trade on popular currency pairs and avoid thin market. The lack of public participation will cause difficulties in liquidate your positions. If you are beginners, we suggest the big five: USD/EUR, USD/JPY, USD/GBD, USD/CHF, and EUR/JPY.

8. Avoid trading in too many markets

Do not confuse yourself by overtrading in too many markets especially if you are a beginner. Go for the major currency pairs and drill down your studies in it.

9. Implement a proper trading system

There is hundreds of trading systems available on line. Pick one that you are most comfortable with and stick with it. Stay organized in your trades and fully utilized stop-loss or limit functions in your trades.

10. Keep learning
The best investment is always the investment on your brain. Without a doubt, Forex trading needs much more than just a few guidelines or tips to be successful. Experience, knowledge, capital, fortitude, and even some help of luck are all crucial in one’s success in the FX market. if you lose in a trade, do not lose the experience in it. Learn from your mistakes and regain your position in the next trade.
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Reply Wed 15 Apr, 2009 06:24 am
well there are endless tips to follow, after all we are human being and we have te habit to forgot. that is why we are different from robots. it would be nice and beneficial if we can remember all those points which I know is a bit hard but i am helpless even i forgot them sometimes.
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