Three skills you need to become a forex trader

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Three skills you need to become a forex trader

AN INTRODUCTION TO TRADING CURRENCIES A educational guide

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Contents

3Introduction: Three skills you need to become a forex trader

4 Anticipating: How do I handle risk? 5 Planning: How do I create a trading plan? 6 Analyzing: How will I analyze the markets? 11 Get started with

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Anticipating, planning and analyzing: three skills you need to become a forex trader

Making a forex trade can be extremely risky. However, you can take precautions to try to minimize those risks and their impact. In forex, there are three skills you can develop to help you manage your trading risk: anticipating, planning and analyzing.

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ANTICIPATING: HOW DO I HANDLE RISK?

It's important to realize that even the best forex traders have losing trades. While you may make some successful forex trades, you will also make some losing trades. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to anticipate risk.

1 PROTECT YOUR POSITION WITH STOPS, LIMITS AND OTHER ORDER TYPES.

There are a number of order types, such as the trailing stop, if/then, and order cancels order (OCO), designed to help traders manage risk and protect potential profits.*

2 SET PROPER LEVELS. You might say that setting a stop is an art; you need to make sure that your stop is set so that your trade can handle smaller jumps and drops in price while protecting you from losing your shirt if the market doesn't go your way. A stop that's too narrow may lead you to reenter the market, causing you to get stopped out again. That can cause more damage to your account balance than if you entered a stop that was too wide or if you had no stop at all.

3 CHECK YOUR EMOTIONS. Sometimes, the factor that determines how successful your trade will be isn't the amount of research you did, but your mindset at the time. As you trade, try to stay objective and calm. Even if you have a losing trade, resist the urge to enter another trade outside of your trading plan in an attempt to win your earnings back.

4 CREATE A TRADING PLAN AND STICK TO IT. A good trading plan is crucial to your trading success. Not only will it help you meet some of your goals, it will define the way you trade, what you're willing to risk and how you will protect yourself when a trade doesn't go your way.

* Placing Contingent Orders may not limit your losses to the intended amount

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PLANNING: HOW DO I CREATE A TRADING PLAN?

Face it. Without a plan and a rules-based approach to trading, you are simply trading by the seat of your pants. It may seem to work for a while, but self-doubt and/or greed will ultimately get in the way of being successful.

A trading plan serves as a steady anchor in chaotic markets, helping you forecast when to enter and exit the market. Best of all, it's fairly easy to create. The following steps may help you get started.

1 WHEN CONSTRUCTING A TRADING PLAN, ASK YOURSELF: A Will I trade only one specific currency pair or many?

B Will I trade on a daily basis or hold my positions for days or longer?

C How much do I want to make? D How much am I willing to lose per trade? E If I trade on a daily basis, how many

consecutive losses will I tolerate before I stop for the day?

F How will I analyze the markets? Will I look at news and other events? Will I examine charts and price movements?

G How will I use stops to control my risk? H Will I have one profit target or multiple

targets?

I What kind of profit can I reasonably expect to gain?

2 USING YOUR ANSWERS, WRITE OUT A SHORT BUT DETAILED PLAN OF ACTION.

3 NOW COMES THE HARDEST PART: STICKING TO YOUR PLAN. TRY KEEPING A LOG OF EVERY ONE OF YOUR TRADES. IT WILL FORCE YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR RULES AND HELP AVOID IMPULSIVE TRADING.

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ANALYZING: HOW WILL I ANALYZE THE MARKETS?

You may have found making your trading plan fairly easy.

But one question may have had you scratching your head: "How will I analyze the markets?" One of the most common ways is through the use of price charts.

WHAT ARE PRICE CHARTS?

Price charts plot the recent prices of a currency pair on a graph and provide a snapshot of market movements over a particular period of time.

LINE CHARTS

Line charts are one of three common chart types that most traders use. They provide a quick way to view the changes in price movements over a period of time.

would represent all of the trading activity on the market in a ten-minute period. When the price of a currency pair rises, the bar or candle appears one color (usually green) and when the price of a currency pair drops, the bar or candle appears another (usually red). Most traders switch between different time frames so that they can compare market movements and verify trends.

BAR CHARTS

BAR & CANDLESTICK CHARTS

Bar and candlestick charts provide an easy-to-analyze appearance that displays detailed information about the price movements of a currency pair.

Each bar or candle on the chart is defined by four price points (high, low, open and close). The length of the bar or candle represents the level of trading activity for a specified period. For example, on a chart with a ten-minute time scale, a bar or candle

CANDLESTICK CHARTS

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