To trade successfully in the Foreign Currency Exchange (Forex) Market, there are certain principles that must be adhered to at all times. There are a lot of investors who have made some really questionable trades when everything looked so good. The investors and speculators I’m referring to have sunk good money into investments and lost it within days, weeks or months. Some have done their homework and still received the short end of the stick, but the vast majority who turn what looks like a good investment into something that a savvy investor can smell a mile away, more times than not haven’t done their homework. This article talks about the Forex (Foreign Currency Exchange) Market and lists key elements needed to make money effectively.
Liquidity is Key:
Believe me; I know from personal experience how to lose good money after bad…as do many in my family. I keep telling myself it must be genetic. One way to really get yourself in deep is to play the pink sheets, also known as penny stocks. These are the stocks which typically have very low trading volume each day and if you have enough shares it is nearly impossible to trade them without severely affecting the price of the stock. And the more volume you trade the more you begin to affect your own price whether you are buying or selling. Needless to say, I have crossed those investments off my list as of a few years ago. They just don’t have the liquidity you need to give yourself an advantage. Sure, you can find a needle in the haystack, that one in a million stock, but for every successful penny stock, thousands go under or don’t return much if any on your investment.
This brings us to the Forex Market. What better market to get the best liquidity possible. With my days of trading penny stocks, complete with their thin trading volumes, over, I am naturally attracted to trading which takes place in an arena where the definition is liquidity. When a trading arena is liquid, you can always trade your investment without affecting other positions you want to buy or sell. You don’t have the problem like you would trading penny stocks where a small move here or there dramatically affects the price of the stock you are trading. The Forex Market is too big and too many governments, organizations, funds and individuals participate.
Perfect Your Strategy:
Some of the most successful Forex Trading occurs when a person perfects their strategy and executes it to perfection each and every time based on the core belief that their strategy is the best for them. It takes practice to perfect a strategy, but most successful Forex Traders have one. They don’t simply jump on every new “potential strategy” or “tip” that comes along. From time to time it is good to try new aspects of other strategies to see if you can improve on a good thing, but to know your strategy inside and out and be able to duplicate it makes all the difference. A good rule of thumb to use is when you aren’t sure of a trade, do nothing. Don’t trade if you are not positive it fits your strategy. It also helps if you concentrate on one market at a time. Like the old adage, you literally don’t want to be a “Jack of all trades and a Master of None”
Trading successfully in the Forex is about longevity. The longer you can keep trading the Forex, the longer you have to perfect your strategy and the longer you can stay in the game. It reminds me of craps when I occasionally have time to play. I have friends that can blow through $1,000 in an hour or two and then they have to take the rest of the day off so they can have enough funds left to try it again another day. I take a different approach. I can survive all day long on $500 and most of the time I can double or triple that amount and be able to stay at the table all day if I want. It is both entertainment and profit that I am after. If I stay entertained longer, I have the chance to make more money.
The reason I can last longer is because I have perfected “My” strategy and I don’t try every new one that comes along in the multitudes of craps books that my friends read. The point I am making is this: Staying power is key with any investment. The longer you can “hang in there” to increase your education and perfect your strategy, the more you will enjoy the Forex Market and the more you will profit from it. And speaking of profit, you will want to remember to keep your profitable positions for a longer time than you keep your losing positions. Let your profits ride and you will be more successful. Fight the urge to get out of a position when it makes you a quick profit. Getting out of a losing position takes brute courage, but you will thank yourself for getting out quick if the position is not going the way you would like. You should always check your pride at the door when trading any market. Many of us don’t want to admit defeat, but it is necessary to be successful. It can really get in the way of successful trading.
Foreign Currency Trading (Forex) Trading is exciting. With the tips and thoughts above, hopefully you will feel right at home trading the currencies of the most powerful nations in the world. As long as you stick to your strategy and make sure you let your profits ride and cut your losses, you will become successful in Forex Trading.