Monday, September 28, 2009

15 Essential Rules in Understanding a Forex Day Trading System by Walter Madenford

If you’re looking to trade forex on a full-time basis, you first need to know what it’s all about and understand the basics of day-trading. There’s a key difference between a forex day trader and a stock market day trader. When using a forex day trading system, we’re not going to be profiting on an intraday basis. We are going to be profiting from longer-term trades.

And because of this, the need to be in front of your computer for hours at a time is removed; you can make your trades and continue about your day. It’s important to understand that the markets change drastically throughout the day, and is never the same from day to day, therefore no single trading strategy will work every time. Let’s go over some rules to be successful in trading:

1. Firstly, you’ll need to understand how the market works and to get a feel for it. This includes simple terminology, as well as understanding what is required to trade, such as a trading platform, brokers, leverage, charting, etc.

2. The second thing you’ll need to become familiar with is the stop loss. This is a very important element that helps to protect your profits and minimize your losses.

3. Start your education… start investing in books and courses that teach you how to trade. Paying a small price now is way better than paying a big one later.

Now, once you’ve become familiar with the basics, and want to try your first trade, here are some tips to help you profitably trade.

4. You must be patient. Don’t expect to be an expert trader overnight. It doesn’t matter how many books you’ve read or traders you’ve watched, you won’t become an instant expert.

5. Before doing live money trades, always use a practice demo account to hone your trading skills. When you practice your strategy on a virtual account first, you get a feel for what trading feels like.

6. When you start real live money trading, don’t be scared by the thought that you might lose money. Fear will kill your profits and cause you to get emotionally involved â€" both of which are bad. Stop losses are the best way to minimize your losses.

7. When you profit a large amount, stop trading for the day. Don’t become overconfident and gamble it away to achieve even bigger profits. Leave it for another day.

8. In the course of time, the markets sometime don’t perform as you might have expected. When this happens, it’s often the best move to not trade at all.

9. When you become more experienced, you might try and rely on gut feeling. Always remember that you have at your disposal tools to help minimize risk, such as relying on your strategy. Don’t ever think of trading like gambling.

10. Record your day trading results â€" this helps you figure out what what’s working and what’s not, and in the end, you become more effective with your trading.

11. Don’t get emotionally involved in trades. This often happens to beginners, but be sure to stay emotionally-detached from your trades.

12. If you can, observe good trades. Watch how and when they buy or sell. Like the stock market day traders, most good day traders will buy if there’s bad news and sell if there’s good news.

13. Forex trading is a very dynamic investment vehicle that changes a lot. Always try being prepared to change your strategy and be flexible.

14. When you’re deciding to invest, be sure not spread yourself too thin. Most beginner traders will get involved too deep and too quickly. Be sure you’ll be able to keep on top of your trades.

15. And finally, the most important rule. When you decide to trade forex, be sure to only use a small percentage of your bankroll to invest. Losing 4 trades in a row is possible, but 10 in a row is nearly impossible. Limit your trades to 5% of your bankroll.

With lots of patience and practice, you too can become a successful day trader. As your trading experience grows, so will your profits.

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