Forex, ie foreign exchange market has become very popular due to
its immense size, liquidity, currencies moving in strong trends
plus, an easy online access, relatively low starting capital and
a big leverage.
All this is very attractive to many sorts of investors, speculators
and also amateur people, especially online success chasers who
imagine easy and fast profits. BUT it has its pitfalls and the Internet
hype sellers and scammers make the situation even more dangerous.
Forex has enormous profit potential but since there is a substantial
leverage involved working both ways, the same is the loss potential
- the higher the profits, the higher the risk involved. And that
is exactly the core of success in forex which is hidden from people
seeking fast online profits.
People lacking basic character streaks like discipline, risk
evaluation ability, experience and even basic information and
training fall prey to false promises and start trading their last
money on forex expecting quick riches.
It is necessary to be aware of the fact that trading currencies
is not easy. If it was, no one would lose money and everyone would
already be a millionaire. Many traders with years of experience
still incur periodic losses. Everyone interested in trading forex
must realize that trading takes time to master and there are
absolutely no shortcuts to this process.
Yes, of course, it is possible to make it a long-term, profitable
and sustainable source of high income and even a proper home
business BUT the following are the basic rules for success in
1. Discipline: it seems easy but the lack of discipline is the profit
killer no 1. It is important to set your own rules and goals
and stick to them. Do not panic if not everything goes the way
you imagine and strictly keep the rules. One of the basic
situations is losses: If you know you can lose only $1000,
the discipline will help you stop trading if it happens, and
not borrow and go on and on... Also, it is the discipline which
helps you avoid magic profit calculations.
2. Responsible risk-taking and risk-evaluation ability: forex
trading is an investment method not a casino. It is not
possible to invest properly if you are not able to take up a
calculated risk, if you are not able to calculate an
acceptable risk, and if you are not able to even recognize a
risk. The good news is that you can develop this ability.
3. Spare money: never trade your last money, always invest either
profit or a reasonable amount of money you can lose. Always
behave responsibly and never borrow money to trade.
4. Thorough education and training, incl practical training: it
is imperative that before you start trading live, you get
proper education and training, that you acquire working
knowledge and develop your own working system on which you can
build your investment strategies, routines and practice.
5. Never trade in a live-or-die situation or under any stress:
many gurus say that you can make instant riches from forex
investing your last money. It is one of the biggest lies I
ever heard. Unless you feel absolutely comfortable, knowing
what you are doing and why, enjoying the trading, you cannot
trade successfully. Any stressed, unbalanced or anxious mind
and brain is not able to evaluate situations correctly, react
competently, and it is a paved road to failure and losses.
6. Always do your homework: another hype you can hear around
says that everyone can trade just following someone else's
advice and instructions. I can tell you only one word as an
answer: rubbish. You must realize that you must be able to
evaluate every situation, every trend, every forecast, create
all the analysis, follow necessary trends, incl, of course,
hearing specialized analysts BUT the decision and the money
is yours only, so the responsibility is yours. The better your
homework, the higher and more reliable your profits.
7. Learn from your mistakes and remain flexible: you must know
that you will make mistakes, you will even lose in some trades
but you must be a great trader and you must know it. When you
make a mistake you must analyze the situation, find out why it
happened and see to it that you will not repeat the same mistake
in the future. You must not despair and fall into depression.
You must stay positive and simply do better next time.
Plus a little closing note to only make you aware of these important
topics which, however, exceed the scope of this basic informational
- yet another risk is here: it is vital to choose the right
market-maker, big enough to allow you to make full use of currency
moves. I stress a market-maker and not a broker,
- avoid managed accounts.
In case you are interested in mastering forex trading and start
with the above points seriously, you are on the right way to trading
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