- Know the markets
We cannot overstate the importance of educating ourselves on the forex market. Take the time to study currency pairs and what affects them before risking your capital; it’s an investment in time that could save you a good amount of money.
- Make a plan and stick to it
Creating a trading plan is a critical component of successful trading. It should include your profit goals, risk tolerance level, methodology and evaluation criteria. Once you have a plan in place, make sure each trade you consider falls within your plan’s parameters. Remember: you’re likely most rational before you place a trade and most irrational after your trade is placed.
Put your trading plan to the test in real market. You’ll get a chance to see what it’s like to trade currency pairs while taking your trading plan for a test drive without risking any of your capital.
- Forecast the «weather conditions» of the market
Fundamental traders prefer to trade based on news and other financial and political data; technical traders prefer technical analysis tools such as Fibonacci retracements and other indicators to forecast market movements. Most traders use a combination of the two. No matter what your style, it is important you use the tools at your disposal to find potential trading opportunities in moving markets.
- Know your limits
This is simple yet critical to your future success: know your limits. This includes knowing how much you’re willing to risk on each trade, setting your leverage ratio following your needs, and never risking more than you can afford to lose.
- Know where to stop along the way
You don’t have time to sit and watch the markets every minute of every day. You can better manage your risk and protect potential profits through stop and limit orders, getting you out of the market at the price you set.
Trailing stops are especially helpful; they trail your position at a specific distance as the market moves, helping to protect profits should the market reverse. Placing contingent orders may not necessarily limit your risk for losses.
- Check your emotions at the door
You have an open position and the market’s not going your way. Maybe you could make it up with a trade or two that don’t fit with your trading plan...just a couple couldn’t hurt, right?
«Revenge trading» rarely ends well. Don’t let emotion get in the way of your plan for successful trading. When you have a losing trade, don’t go all-in to try to make it back in one shot; it’s smarter to stick with your plan and make the loss back a little at a time than to suddenly find yourself with two crippling losses.
- Keep it slow and steady
One key to trading is consistency. All traders have lost money, but if you maintain a positive edge, you have a better chance of coming out on top. Educating yourself and creating a trading plan is good, but the real test is sticking to that plan through patience and discipline.
- Don’t be afraid to explore
While consistency is important, don’t be afraid to re-evaluate your trading plan if things aren’t working as you thought. As your experience grows, your needs may change; your plan should always reflect your goals. If your goals or financial situation changes, so should your plan.
- Choose the right trading partner for you
It’s critical to choose the right trading partner as you engage the forex market. Pricing, execution, and the quality of customer service can all make a difference in your trading experience.
No matter what your style, it is important you use the tools at your disposal to find potential trading opportunities in moving markets