A week ago, we posted four tips for understanding the foreign exchange market (forex). This article will feature the next four tips to help you get started in trading foreign currencies.
Effectively Manage Money
Success in the forex market comes with minimization of losses and maximization of profits. However, if you don’t have a sound knowledge of money management, that will be a hard goal to achieve. The temptation will be to gamble with your hard earned profits, even though that is rarely successful.
Instead of gambling, always stick to putting a set percentage of your profits back into the market. Doing so will ensure that you never lose money based on foolish actions. The real distinction between novice traders and experts is their money management skills.
Avoid Overusing Leverage
A unique aspect of the forex market is the ability to trade on margin, which is a concept better known as leverage. As a beginner, always remember that the less leverage used the better. Traders can expect to use leverage in accordance with their experience, meaning that seasoned traders are able to use a good amount of leverage to their greatest advantage, while too much leverage can be a novice trader’s downfall. So, as a general rule, the more time and success you’ve had in the market, the more leverage you can use.
Know When to Close Positions
Because of the ever-changing nature of the forex market, it can be difficult to know when you should close a position and take the profits. The unpredictability of the market requires you to be consistent and predictable with your positions. If you have a losing position, don’t hold out in the hope that the market will lift again. The risk that it will continue to decrease is too great, so instead, count your losses and get out the moment the market has hit your stop loss point.
Likewise, it may be tempting to close a position too early, making you lose out on profits you could have gained if you had stuck with it. Financial markets can react violently to increasing interest rates and financial news, making novice traders so nervous that they pull out too soon. Try to avoid this if you want to maximize your profits.
Take Notes and Don’t Give Up
Keep a journal of your successes and failures. Note key decisions that may have made all the difference in certain transactions. This knowledge will continually increase your success and power in the financial markets.
Also, don’t give up on this endeavor too soon. Though the forex market is not for everyone, many people who could have been successful in the long run pull out too soon because they weren’t making what they wanted right away. Remember that repeated failure is often the keystone to success.
With these tips for understanding the foreign exchange markets, you should have a good grounding on where to begin with your trading journey. Remember to play it safe and smart, and stick to your strategy. To get started, take a look at our foreign currencies.