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How To Prosper At Forex Trading – Leverage & The K-Factor

How To Prosper At Forex Trading – Leverage & The K-Factor

One of the big reasons that forex trading is an entirely different animal than stock trading or futures trading is leverage. Forex trading leverage can be enormous, as high as 400:1, and in most cases you get to choose the amount of leverage or gearing you want to trade with.

Super high leverage is a selling point for many online forex brokers. How many times have you seen the tout ‘control 0,000 of euro for 0’? Those numbers are correct, and, yes, the profit potential of super high leverage is compelling.

This article neither encourages nor discourages forex trading at super high leverage. That’s a personal decision, but a decision that can only be made sensibly with a professional understanding of all the implications of leverage and what they mean to your chances of prospering at forex trading. It’s probably fair to say that unless you have a professional understanding of leverage that your chance of even surviving at forex trading is slim to none.

One of the fundamental terms of forex trading is PIP. You will see that XYZ Broker charges 3 PIP per deal, or that the XY currency pair has an average daily range of 100 PIP. We all know that the value of a PIP is a variable that differs with each currency pair, but did you know that the value of a PIP also varies with the current price of the base currency, and with the gearing on your account?

For example, with EUR/USD at 1.2723 and leverage at 100:1 the amount of a PIP is .86. At 200:1 leverage the PIP value doubles to .72. For forex traders with different gearing a 100 PIP move means entirely different things to their account equity.

Here’s a new way to look at leverage with the “K Factor”. The three most common leverage ratios available from online forex brokers are 50:1, 100:1 and 200:1. The K Factor for the 100:1 leverage ratio is 1. The K Factor for the leverage ratio of 50:1 is .50, and the K Factor for the leverage ratio of 200:1 is 2.

How can you use the K Factor?

There are three ways to use the K Factor. The first is using the K Factor to calculate the value of a PIP for the currency pair you are trading.

Since 100,000 individual currency units (usually dollars or euros) is the normal size of a single lot you can calculate the value of a PIP with this formula:

(100,000/current price with no decimal) * K Factor = PIP

Here’s an example: The EUR/USD current price is 1.2723 and your leverage is 100:1. With these facts the formula is:

(100000/12723) * 1 = 7.86.

The value of a PIP is .86. If your forex broker executes your trade at a spread of 4 PIPs you are paying .44 for executing the trade whatever euphemism the broker happens to be using for ‘commission’. If your leverage or gearing is 200:1 that execution will cost you .88.

The second way you can use PIP and the K Factor is to quickly determine the potential profit in a trade, or to know to a certainty the actual dollar risk in a stop-loss setting.

For example, if you go long the EUR/USD at 1.2723 and anticipate a move to 1.2850 what profit can you anticipate at 100:1 gearing?

12850 – 12723 = 127 PIP * 7.86 = 8.22 – execution cost.

If you objectively set your stop loss at 1.2715 what amount are you risking in this trade?

12723 – 12715 = 8 PIP * 7.86 = .88 + execution cost.

The third way to use the K Factor is to avoid what the forex brokers call the “safety net”, and what I call “kill but do not dismember.”

Margin is not a down payment. It’s cash-on-hand, your cash, that the broker uses to protect its own capital account from your mistakes. That’s all well and good because the global forex market will continue to work only if all participating brokers have adequate capital to meet their customers’ settlement obligations.

If losses from current open positions cause the equity in your account to fall below that required to maintain the total number of open positions, the broker’s trading platform will immediately close all your open positions, even when the unrealized loss on any individual position is quite small. Your loss is the aggregate number of PIP per position * K Factor + execution costs. In almost every case that’s just about everything in your account. This is the broker’s safety net because you will not lose more cash than you had in your account (as can and does happen with commodities futures accounts.)

The formula is:

(Starting Balance – Open Position Losses) / ((,000/K Factor)* No. Open Positions) -1 < 10% = Kill But Do Not Dismember.

Most if not all broker platforms keep a running balance of your available margin to help you avoid this fatal situation. If you intend to trade multiple positions and fade into suspected price turning points you should consider setting up this formula in a spreadsheet so that you get an early warning long before the situation goes critical.

Mini accounts are based on 10,000 individual currency units with different margin requirements so make the necessary adjustment in the above formulas before doing the calculations

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Follow These Forex Tips And Watch Your Portfolio Grow.

Follow These Forex Tips And Watch Your Portfolio Grow.

With the recent economic uncertainty in today’s markets, more people are looking to trade forex as an alternative to the ups and downs of the stock market. However, there is a lot of information about forex, and it can be tough to sort through it all. This article contains tips and tricks to help you learn about forex.

When trading, make sure you are thinking in terms of probability, not certainty. This is a basic fundamental of trading. “Knowing you are right” when the chance of actually being successful are down will work against you because you had a slim chance to succeed. Making negative trades is all a part of the learning experience when it comes to trading.

Step away from your computer when you get the urge to act unnecessarily. Successful currency trading requires patience more than anything else. You must be patient enough to let your trade make the profit you seek without closing it out too early. At times when there aren’t great options available to you, you must avoid the impulse to make a trade unless you statistically stand a good chance of a return. At times like these it’s better not to make a trade at all.

Make sure that the computer you use for FOREX trading is protected from viruses and hacking. Get the latest virus and malware protection, so that no one will be able to hack into your trading accounts and bankrupt you, or steal your personal banking information, and literally, take every penny you have.

If you are just starting out in forex trading, it is important to set up your account with “stop orders”. These stop your trades at a point when you start losing significant amounts of money, in order to limit your losses. Limiting your losses is important to make sure that you don’t lose more money in investing than you actually have in the bank.

Like any other investment, you must know when to cut your losses in forex trading. Do not continue to pour money into an account that is clearly taking a tumble. This may seem like common sense advice, but currencies fluctuate so rapidly from day to day, and even from hour to hour, that if you see a clear downward pattern begin to emerge, there is no sense in sticking with it.

To make money off forex, you should start with small deposits. Once you start making gain, use your gains to invest. If you keep making deposits, you are risking your hard-earned money, and if you need to make frequent deposits, this means that forex might not be a good activity for you.

Don’t use your rent money to trade forex. The forex markets are ever-changing and not a good place to invest if you have no other money available. Save your rent money and only invest if you’ve got the extra cash to do so. Desperate trading will only cause you to lose money, anyway.

As this article previously discussed, forex is becoming increasingly popular as an investment vehicle. However, with such a wealth of information about forex available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Apply the advice in this article, and you will be on your way to understanding the intricacies of forex.

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Why Learning The History Of Forex Can Help You Today

Why Learning The History Of Forex Can Help You Today

Back in the days when kings thought they had a divine right to rule, they often wanted more money than their parliaments granted them. But most parliamentary bodies didn’t consist of fools; they certainly knew better than to leave the powerful tool of taxation solely in the king’s hands.

Without being able to tax to his heart’s content, the king’s other financial weapon was to devalue his country’s currency: recall all gold and silver coinage, melt it down, then reissue it in a lighter weight or with base metals mixed in, pumping up the royal treasury with the extra. Because the currency was backed more by the citizens’ confidence in the stability of their country than with anything else, many people never even noticed, and the king got his way in the end.

But sometimes people did notice, and sometimes they weren’t all that confident of the stability of their country, say, if a powerful enemy was threatening to invade. When that happened, often merchants refused to accept the devalued coinage in trade, demanding real gold or silver instead and rendering the king’s currency valueless. Such undermining of the currency could lead to a rapid collapse of the king’s government.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the increasingly republican governments of the western world began basing their currencies, not on confidence in the government, but on gold. This prevented their rulers from devaluing the currency, but it had its own problems.

The gold standard lead to a cycle of boom and bust: a financially strong nation would import the goods its citizens wanted, leading to an outflow of capital until the money supplies shrank too far, in turn leading to higher interest rates and lower prices because nobody had enough money to buy anything. Then other countries would see the low prices and start importing the first nation’s goods, leading to an outflow of production but an inflow of money, pushing down interest rates and raising the standard of living again.

This boom-bust pattern continued in many western countries until World War I interfered with trade and stopped the flow of money across borders. The pattern resumed after the war and throughout the Roaring Twenties, until the 1929 stock market crash devalued the U.S. dollar and caused a worldwide depression. It was only relieved in the U.S. by the economic boom of World War II, when the production of war materials and the drafting of men into the military forces cured the problems of unemployment and high prices.

But although the Second World War eased economic ills in the U.S., it caused them in other countries, which had to purchase the war materials they couldn’t manufacture themselves. This led to an agreement known as the Bretton Woods Accord, signed in New Hampshire in 1944 and designed to create a stable post-war economy where the nations of the world could recover financially.

The Bretton Woods Accord “pegged” the value of the major world currencies to the U.S. dollar, making it the benchmark that measured all other currencies. It also pegged the U.S. dollar to the price of gold at per ounce, and it created the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a confederation of 185 nations around the world, dedicated to fostering economic stability and high employment.

For decades, the Bretton Woods Accord worked well. But in the early 1970s, international trade grew to such an extent that currency rates could no longer be contained. Finally, in 1973, President Richard Nixon allowed the U.S. dollar to be taken off the gold standard, and the complex arrangement of currency values was abandoned.

The major currencies of the world have come full circle: just like in the old days of kings, the currencies are controlled by the market forces of supply and demand, without being pegged to any other currency or to any precious metal. (Some of the smaller nations of the world prefer to peg their currency to that of their major trading partner, like some Caribbean nations with the United States.) This created the Forex market, where one currency can be traded against another with the expectation of earning profit from changes in their relative values.

At first only major commercial and central banks traded the Forex. But as it became better known, hedge funds, mutual funds, large international corporations, and some super-wealthy individuals discovered it. By the 1980s, about U.S. billion per day was changing hands.

The explosion of the Internet and the rise in computer security systems brought Forex trading online. With trades able to be placed independently of any bank, there was no longer any need to wait for business hours, and traders began dealing across time zones and around the globe.

In 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which opened the Forex to the average investor. Retail brokerages sprang up across the Internet. Today about U.S. .5 trillion is traded per day; 5% of that amount is currency conversion by travelers, banks, and international corporations. The remainder is trading for profit.

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Successful Investing For Income In Shares Or Forex

Successful Investing For Income In Shares Or Forex

Investment for income is generally a long-term proposition. It implies stability and it makes particularly good sense for people who do not expect to become market experts or security analysts.

In fact, there are respected authorities who state flatly that the investor who seeks anything more than income from securities must be classed as a speculator, a risky role to play for any but the most sure-footed professional.

Long term, it should be noted, does not mean forever. It does not mean buy-and-forget. Whatever your holdings, you should review them several times a year and stay alert for news indicating whether the prospects are good that your companies will continue to maintain their present level of earnings.

Unless you have strong reasons for dissatisfaction with an income stock, however, there is little to be gained by switching. Generally speaking, there is not enough difference in the yield, say, from two good-quality utility company stocks to justify the expense of selling one and buying the other. (Although 100 shares of a stock paying would produce more income annually than one paying .50, it would take more than a year to rationalize the commissions and taxes paid to sell the latter and buy the former).

Dividends have their own way of accumulating. Given the steady upward trend of stocks in this century, a well-chosen security will reward the investor who holds it patiently. In even five years there can be a dramatic increase in yield. Take, for instance, Central Illinois Public Service CIP on the ticker tape—a moderately well-rated small utility company serving agricultural, mining, and manufacturing areas of central and southern Illinois. In 1953 it hit a low of 17⅛ which meant a 6.7 per cent return in a .20 dividend. In 1955 the dividend was upped to .35; in 1956 it went to .60; in 1958 to .68; and in 1959 to .76. It is now .92.

Meanwhile, its price, reflecting the increased dividend, has more than doubled. At a recent quotation of 44, the yield was a respectable, but not unusual 4.3 per cent. The investor who bought at the 1953 low, however, is now receiving a quite spectacular 10.7 per cent return.

At this point, day-to-day dips and rises in Central Illinois Public Service mean little to the investor of seven years’ standing. By now the dividend would have to be cut more than a third before he found himself where he started, and 64 per cent—to 70 cents—before he reached the 4 per cent return of the man who bought at 40. These drastic cuts are not inconceivable. But the cushion for the investor who bought in 1953 is considerable. There would have to be some quite violent reversals in the price and prospects of CIP before he would be moved to sell out.

The problem of stability is a beguiling one. For many investors it represents the compromise between safety and risk. Safety, as we will see, offers a discouragingly low return. Risk is the privilege of those who can afford it exhilarating when one has dared and won, but painfully, most truly felt by the loser. Somewhere in between, most investors decide, there must be a sensible course, commensurately rewarding and so there seems to be. Stability is the touchstone. The gauges of stability are many.

The one hazard is that they are inevitably based on past performance. No one can say for sure when the downhill slide will begin, when the earnings will diminish, when the seemingly unshakable dividend will be cut or passed.

One gauge, nonetheless, is the consistency and longevity of a company’s dividend payments. A company that has rewarded its shareholders through fair weather and foul must not only be considered strong, but reasonably proud of its performance and eager to maintain public confidence in it.

These records are easy to check. Any broker, for instance, can supply you with a list of the 50 companies with the longest records for consecutive annual dividend payments. It is an impressive group, headed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, which has managed to pay a dividend every year since 1848.

There are no dividends from investing in currencies but you can make more money from a good movement in your currency pairs.

Using Forex software will help you to predict when and which ways different currencies are likely to move.

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Using Forex Brokers To Help You

Using Forex Brokers To Help You

Some brokers are extremely popular people to their clients, but there are those that are not. Brokers may work for insurance companies, real state, and even companies which provide trading systems. They are important people which many individuals can rely on whenever that would need help of some sort. But a broker system is different.

The Online forex trading broker system has a primary function of providing clients with trading platforms. Trading platforms is known as the place to trade. There are also forex broker systems which provide training and programs which teach clients to invest money and how forex trading is being done.

The trainings provided by these broker systems help many trade investors to minimize risks while maximizing profits. Investors can benefit a lot from these broker systems because they may also be able to receive forex advice, assistance, education, currency analysis, stock, and the future market. Some also provide trading ideas and daily picks from newsletters.

The ultimate goal of almost any forex broker system is to make an investor successful. And this can only be achieved with a system having experienced professional teachers and advisors who are able to give directional market guidance and forex training.

Beginners of the trade should be made aware that forex trading is a high risk investment. The currency market offers a lot of opportunity to earn huge amounts of profits but at the same time coupled with a lot of risks. Currency trading can give you a fortune in minutes, days and hours. But the sad truth is that it can also be lost just at the same time.

Currency speculation is not an easy task, which is why traders should not forget to learn the trade first before making any actual trade. An intensive forex trading course can help you learn all the in and outs of trading. The pros can provide you the needed learning experience before entering the real world of forex.

You can find a comprehensive forex trading course that is of reasonable cost either online or in a traditional class. Look around, or you can ask around for a good trading course available.

Additional services are now provided by many broker systems to draw the attention of prospects and clients. Forex is considered as a sophisticated game, which is why you need a forex broker system.

Get scrolling alerts and news for the typical currency trader. Federal Reserve’s decision about the interest rate is also needed by traders, and a broker system is just the perfect place to find it. Professional traders often write newsletters that can be of great use by other forex traders, they will be able to provide information about technical and fundamental analysis. Set up alerts are sometimes provided to give traders certain ideas for them to make more money.

Broker systems are entrusted by many individuals to buy and/or sell on their behalf. Make sure that the broker is registered as an FCM with the CFTC. FCM stands for futures commission merchant; and CFTC is commodity futures trading commission.

First, you would need to have an account before you can set up a broker system. You can find a lot of them online, but make sure that you choose one wisely. You must ask about the fees being charged.

Friends and co-workers are a good source of trusted brokers; ask about the broker’s information and the troubles that they encountered, if any.

Online forex broker systems provide different services, but they should particularly be quick in buying or selling and automatic execution. The ‘spread’ should be clearly identified, whether variable or fixed.

Pay attention to even the littlest thing before signing up for a forex broker system. The margin terms are also of utmost consideration. Ask how margins are calculated and margin requirements.

The broker system should be reliable and its ability as to performance should not be questionable. The trading software used by the trader is quite essential, that is why you should first see all the available options for you. Take advantage of free demos, this would help a lot for you to make a decision.

Check all the policies of the forex broker system. Read especially those in fine print; oftentimes it is the most important part that the investor fails to read.

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Winning Strategies To Propel You To Forex Success

Winning Strategies To Propel You To Forex Success

If you want to start making money, then forex is the right place for you. A lot of people today want to get into forex, but aren’t sure what they need to do to be successful. You have to remember that you have to learn as much information as you can, so you can learn to be successful.

Try to take all of the money that you are going to invest and break it up between many different parts. This will prevent you from losing too much money on any single trade and it will increase the likelihood that you will earn money instead of losing it.

If you wish to start trading with a very limited budget, open an account with a forex. Some brokers allow you to start trading with only 0, and may not take any commission. Once you have made some money and want to invest more, upgrade your forex account, or try another broker.

Don’t use your rent money to trade forex. The forex markets are ever-changing and not a good place to invest if you have no other money available. Save your rent money and only invest if you’ve got the extra cash to do so. Desperate trading will only cause you to lose money, anyway.

You need the necessary tools in order to trade forex well, but beware of getting into too many tools or junk tools. If you try and utilize too many tools, you will keep yourself too busy thinking strategy and spinning ideas in circles instead of getting competent work and trading accomplished.

When it comes to trading, all brokers are not created equally. Ideally, your broker should share your basic philosophy on forex trading and should also demonstrate a clear understanding of your risk tolerance, boundaries, and financial limitations. Your broker should also be able to provide the additional services and options that you are most interested in.

If you are a new investor in the highly volatile and constantly changing foreign exchange market, it is in your best interest to conduct each and every trade with a stop-loss order. A stop-loss order alerts your broker to automatically sell your stock when its price falls below a target profitability level.

Demo trading is a useful tool for learning the basics of the Forex market, but don’t get carried away with it. Too much demo trading can teach you bad habits. Since you’re not investing with real money, the losses aren’t real and you won’t have the same experience as someone who loses real money.

A good forex trading tip is to only trade with money you can stand to lose. If you can’t stand to lose the money you’re trading with, you might end up losing it all in a bad deal which could be disastrous. Make sure you have enough money to survive on before you start trading.

With all of the information you have just learned, you should start thinking about ways you can use what you learned and apply it towards being successful in forex. Try to the best of your ability to learn more information, as well as apply that information whenever you feel it possible.

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Tips To Improve Your Forex Trading Experience

Tips To Improve Your Forex Trading Experience

If you want to start making a few extra bucks whenever you have some spare time, then you should consider getting into forex. A lot of people these days, are thinking about getting into forex but are hesitant because they don’t know where to start. Well, right here is a good place to get started, as this article contains many tips you can use towards gaining success with forex.

Consider getting email or even mobile alerts from your forex trading account. These alerts can let you know when a potentially profitable trade is occurring. Some forex brokers even have applications that allow you to trade through your forex account, using your phone. This ensures that you never miss an opportunity to profit.

A great tip to avoid risking too much of your money is to grow your account through organic gains rather then continuously adding deposits. It may be tempting to increase the size of your portfolio by depositing more money into your account to make trades but you are actually just increasing the risk instead of the profits.

To be successful in forex trading, study your successes and failures analytically by keeping a journal of your trading activity. Scrutinize your mistakes and accomplishments to learn what methods work and what methods do not. This practice prevents you from continuously making the same mistakes, and highlights the methods that succeed.

Do not expect constant profits from your forex trading experience. The forex market relies on playing probabilities. It is inevitable that the probabilities will not always work out in your favor. Do not get discouraged when one of your deals fails to meet your expectations. Learn what you can from the trade and improve your position on subsequent deals.

Withdraw some of your winnings regularly. If you do not take the time to enjoy what you have won, you will be more likely to take unnecessary risks. Do not reinvest it all back into trades hoping to double your winnings, or you may find yourself broke and out of the game.

Figure out what you want your goals to be when forex trading and then stick to them. If things get bad it’s important to stick it out until they get good again. Forex will always be up and down, so it’s a matter of having patience until you start back on the upswing.

Day trading is not an effective strategy in forex trading, so if that was your plan, stop now. Ask any trader who has a real track record and they’ll tell you that forex goes far beyond the typical day trading of the stock market, therefore your strategies must be far more comprehensive to be successful.

Now that you have an idea of how to get started and what to do, you should start to feel confident about forex. Just remember that you want to learn as much as you can, so you can take the best steps towards making as much of a profit as possible.

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From Beginner To Forex Trader.

From Beginner To Forex Trader.

When you begin to investigate this business of day trading a plethora of information comes at you. Type in day trading, do a search and you get close to a million choices. That’s a lot of info to sieve through. So where do we start?

There are some basic necessities that you must have before you can begin. A fairly good computer is a must. The prices are going down and the power is increasing all the time. So these days you can pick up a new machine for about 0 that will do the job. A high end trading machine with all the bells whistles will set you back about 00. One thing you must consider is how many monitors are needed. I recommend 2 because you can’t go wrong with screen real estate in this business. Believe me it won’t go to waste. This will push up the price a little, but it is well worth it. Make sure you get a flat panel LCD which comes standard when you buy a new machine. Remember your eyes. Don’t try and save a couple of bucks by purchasing an old fashion flickering monitor. Hours in front of the screen can be a daily occurrence in this business. Computer auctions are a good option.

The second item is a fast internet connection. There are many options available here, but do not go below ADSL. The speed of the information coming to your computer is very important.

Finally, on the hardware side, make sure your setup is comfortable. The desk should be at the right height and a swivel type reclining business chair is really nice.

Now you are all set, so what do we trade? There are 3 basic categories to choose from. These are stocks and options, futures and commodities and foreign currencies.

Let us look at stocks. There are thousands of them. Then there are the exchanges such as The New York Stock Exchange for the big boys then there is the NASDAQ for the internet type younger companies. We also have pink sheets for stocks with low trading volume. How do you decide which stocks to trade. There are various software packages that screen stocks for whatever parameters you input You can screen for gapers, which are stocks that have gone up or down by a fairly large amount when compared with the previous days close. Then there are lows and highs, unusual volume, earnings reports, other reports that affect the stocks price, sector performance and on and on it goes. It can be a daunting task deciding “how” if you want to trade stocks. What about options? They are too specialized for the beginner in my opinion. Learn something simple and then you can graduate to options if you so desire.

Futures and commodities on the other hand offer the trader a much smaller basket of goods to choose from. I would stay out of commodities if you are just learning. Commodities such as grains, orange juice, coffee and pork bellies etc. require the trader to acquire knowledge about the peculiarities of the commodity. For instance, when is the end of the grain harvest? How has the weather affected the harvest, and a host of other variables. There is an easier way!

When we take a close look at foreign currency trading we see some decided advantages compared to the other instruments already mentioned. Foreign currency trading, commonly called forex, involves the buying and selling of one currency against the other. One of the huge advantages of forex is its’ liquidity, which is the volume of transactions measured daily, weekly or annually. The liquidity in forex is second to none. This is important because it means when you trade you will almost always get your fills. Can you imagine buying a stock and it starts to dive and you can’t get rid of it because of lack of liquidity! This would not happen in forex trading. Another advantage is its high daily range. This means every day the currencies increase and decrease in price enough to allow the trader to have opportunities for trades every day. The forex market also gives you flexible work hours. All around the globe the same currencies are being traded from almost sunrise to sunrise. You can literally choose when you wan

Finally the opportunity exists for you to be trained by experts on all aspects of forex trading for a very reasonable price. You do not need to try and reinvent the wheel. It has all been done for you already. Researched, experimented, tried, tested and proven to work.

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Forex Tutorial: The Basics Of Forex Analysis

Forex Tutorial: The Basics Of Forex Analysis

The Forex trading market is an around-the-clock cash market where the currencies of nations are bought and sold, typically via brokers. For example, you buy Euros, paying with U.S. Dollars, or you sell Canadian Dollars for Japanese Yen. Forex prices can change at any moment in response to real-time events, such as political unrest, crude oil prices, inflation, import and export prices, or industrial production.

Currency market players typically use “Forex analysis” as a tool in predicting currency price movements. Forex analysis itself is divided into two types: fundamental and technical. A fundamental analysis uses economic and political factors as a means of predicting currency movements. A technical analysis uses reliable historical data as a means of forecasting these movements. The purpose of this article is to discuss the basic principles of fundamental and technical analysis.

A fundamental analysis uses economic and political factors, such as housing starts, the unemployment rate, or inflation, as a means of predicting currency movements. Fundamental analysis is concerned with the reasons or causes for currency movements. Many Forex traders who rely on fundamental analysis plan their trading strategies around a number of key U.S. Government economic indicators. Some of these indicators are the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Foreign Exchange Rates, Import and Export Prices, Industrial Production/Capacity Utilization, the Composite Index of Leading Indicators, Consumer Credit, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Retail Sales, Housing Starts, the Employment Cost Index, and Consumer Confidence.

All of these Federal economic indicators have a marked effect on both the stock market and Forex. Some of these indicators are released weekly, while others are released monthly or quarterly. Their sources include the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Forex traders must take other economic indicators into consideration as well. The world’s leading economies (for example, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, and Germany) also release their own economic indicators that will have an impact on the Forex market. For example, leading economic indicators in the United Kingdom include Housing Prices, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Vehicles per 1,000 People, Telephones per 1,000 People, and the Percentage of People Employed in Agriculture.

A technical analysis uses historical data as a means of predicting currency movements. The technical analyst believes that history repeats itself over and over again. Technical analysis is not concerned with the reasons for currency movements (for example, interest rates or inflation). Instead, it believes that historical currency movements are a clear indication of future ones.

Investopedia states that “In a shopping mall, a fundamental analyst would go to each store, study the product that was being sold, and then decide whether to buy it or not. By contrast, a technical analyst would sit on a bench in the mall and watch people go into the stores. Disregarding the intrinsic value of the products in the store, his or her decision would be based on the patterns or activity of people going into each store.”

For example, during the back-to-school buying season, the technical analyst might observe that more people are going into clothing stores than into stores selling flowers. Likewise, the technical analyst might observe that more men are going into stores selling flowers on Valentine’s Day than into clothing stores.

Here is another example. Oil prices dramatically increase, thus creating inflation. Interest rates rise as a means of controlling inflation. One historical result of higher interest rates is less money to spend, thus slowing economic growth. Another historical result is increased foreign investment in the currency affected by the higher interest rates, thus strengthening it.

The technical analyst typically uses charts as a tool for predicting currency price movements. The three most popular kinds of charts are line charts, vertical bar charts, and candlestick charts.

Some Forex traders depend on fundamental analysis while others depend on technical analysis. However, many successful Forex traders use a combination of both strategies. However, the important point to remember here is that no one strategy or combination of strategies is 100% certain.

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How To Master Your Forex Trading Career (2)

How To Master Your Forex Trading Career

The more potential there is to profit with any type of business or system, the more uninformed people you have falling on top of one another, in order to make the money. Make sure that you’re not amongst the unskilled when you trade with the Forex platform. Use these tips to learn how to invest wisely.

Try to have “buy” trades open during rollover, which occurs at 5pm EST unless you are trading USD/CAD. This provides a bit of free profit for your trade as the rollover fee is in your favor. This will either mitigate a loss or add to a win, either way it is good for your portfolio.

Choose your trades wisely. Your Reward to Risk Ratio should be at least 2-to-1. If you see a setup that shows high probability, utilize confluence and one more indicator to help you make the decision as to whether or not you want to trade it. It’s a lot better to pass a risky trade by than to jump into it too fast and end up losing money.

You have to understand that Forex is a global market and not just a market that operates in your country. This means it’s larger than the London Stock Exchange or anything Wall Street could ever dream up. If you understand the scale of Forex, you will be more likely to approach it with the necessary caution.

After you have gotten your feet wet in forex, take the time to learn about some of the different analysis methods and see if something new may work for your trading style. Technical, fundamental, wave and complex are all types of forex analysis that you may not have considered in the early days of trading.

Periodically evaluate your skills. Don’t judge your success or failure on one single trade. Analyze the data for a longer specific period of time. You can’t think about the end result every time you close a position. Winning strategies include both losses and gains, and you win when the gains outweigh the losses over the long run.

Before jumping into Forex trading, have a good understanding of leverage and trading in general. The general rule would be that a lower leverage is better. Having this basic understanding will help you to choose packages that are best suited for you. Beginners should consult their broker, as well as participate in some self education.

It’s a safer trading strategy to divide up your investments into many different parts. Instead of putting most or all of your money on a single trade, do many smaller trades. This way, if some of them end up as losses, you will still have plenty of chances to balance them out with gains.

Not everyone is going to be a wise investor with Forex. Some people are inevitably going to lose their money. After all, if everyone profited, then the platform wouldn’t be able to sustain itself. At least 50% need to lose and as it stands now, about 85% lose. Make sure you read and implement these tips so that you’re never on the losing end.

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