As with any trading strategy, proven methods are gained through testing and proper risk management and you will never want to put more than 2-5% of your total trading account’s value at risk, at any one time. This is the first step to sensible trading and smart risk management – you don’t want to shoot for the moon on every trade, but only on sensible trades that bring in reasonable and perhaps even modest profits. We all want to slide right in to big profits on our first few trades but it’s just not as easy as that.
Creating Forex trading plans that work can take a long time and good trading plans tend to develop over time. Once you get a few trades under your belt, you will begin to develop simple rules that will guide your buying and selling behavior. The important thing is to make good habits early on in your currency trading career, as these habits will help to form a foundation for a lasting and profitable day trading experience. You will also begin learning how to make credible risk decisions, since the Forex market is considerably more volatile than the traditional stock market. The currency market can move the equivalent of what the traditional stock market can move in a month, in just a few days, so watching and learning trends is extremely important as you begin to learn about the market and develop your initial skills.
Risk management and money management are both important to be aware of, before diving in head first. There are numerous software programs available that can help you to identify signals in the market. The process of identifying signals, can also be referred to as predicting future prices or signals. You will start to become comfortable with identifying these signals, as well as price prediction and eventually you will be prepared to place your first Forex order. As long as you’re getting your initial information from a reliable source that is there to help you learn, rather than separate you from your hard-earned money, you will be on the right path.
It is also important to test different strategies and this can be done via a paper trading strategy or through your broker, unless of course you prefer one of the many Forex software programs available that can run various simulations and predictive models based on rules you put in place. However, these programs do have accuracy-related limitations. Also note, that the costs can vary anywhere from a few dollars right up into the thousands. What program you decide to get will also depend on how aggressively you want to enter the market. But remember, programs aren’t necessary, only recommended.
There are numerous books on Forex trading strategies, but the simple fact is that if you plan on trading Forex for a living, you need to take it seriously and treat it like a business. Experience is very valuable and there are no successful Forex traders that started with lackadaisical effort. Study hard, but practice hard too and keep an attitude of success.
Once you have all the tools in place, you will need a daily briefing from a free provider or a paid service and these are called “strategy briefings”. These services can provide you with technical analysis, free of charge, using traditional indicators similar to those used in bands trading. You simply rely on charts and currency forecasts. Then, you will be able to conduct your own personal and professional analysis, for your final buying decisions.
In conclusion, the Forex market is a complex and multidimensional market. Your education, financial management and focus on mastering these specific fields (including global economics) will all greatly support your long-term success. Remember, proven methods are difficult to come by as successful traders don’t like to share their methodologies. But in general, creating a Forex trading plan that works can take quite a while and it is best not to rush the process, though ultimately it will depend on you as an individual trader or investor and your own individual approach to Forex trading.