FradeauX posted: Thanks for your notes. I shall say that entry is also of high importance, especially with news. If you can determine strong signal to entry over time, than you can afford higher leverage and lot size and thus get more profit per trade
entry DOES NOT matter. It has been proven MANY times quantified over and over that you can have a random entry and still be profitable in the long run. It just isn't as sexy as entered on a supply demand level or that moving average crossover.
Does or does not, it also depends on strategy, isn't it? For example, two same trades with different entries of lets just say 40 p. It can be noticeable depending on volume. My example was not concretized, you mentioned about long run and I meant some single trade. Thank you and sorry if I m not right after all.
But that is just personal preference then! Do you want to drive Lamborghini or Ferrari? Both will go fast and look sexy. What matters is most is your exit point and how you manage risk, more than anything else.
kmartyn posted: Like most traders I entered the Forex world with piss and vinegar hoping to cash in on quick profits. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. After 2 blown accounts and a blow to my ego, I sat back and reevaluated my trades. Turns out I was doing a few things wrong.
1. Over leveraged. I know the appeal of trading 1:500 or even 1:1000, but DON'T do it. You will blow you account. My max now is 1:100 and that carries a significant amount of risk.
2. Money management. Do not risk more than 1% of your account. Some say 2% is fine, but 1% is better. set your stop losses at 2% of capital.
3. Worry about entries less and focus on how you're going to exit the trade that makes the most sense. Once you're in the market manage that position.
I hope this helps someone, please feel free to comment.
good points, money management is a thing to consider
I read most of the comments but I still think that leverage need to be used veery carefully and the lower it is, the less risky is to trade. if you like to put 100 dollar on eurusd, you will still put them sooner or later but the very high leverage can increase the risk. also we should no forget about the margin calls and stop outs set by the broker as this can save the account when trading during news like nfp.
Parmenides posted: The honest truth is that 95% of us don't make money. We just keep deluding ourselves that we make money (while we kept our losses secret) and keep refueling our account.
You mean for living, over the long term or at all?
I meant for most of us, we either quit and take up new hobby or we keep refueling the account for another go at it. We follow simple ideas we found in a book read by countless others and decide to trade it. We might do some backtesting on such idea while ignoring that real trading is more than just about picking numbers on where to buy/sell.There is requote, low liquidity or even black swan events.
If the market efficient theory is true( got massive evidence that the market is at least weakly efficient). It means looking for profit's opportunities is very difficult. And looking for opportunities isnt even the trading part yet.
The honest truth about Forex is that there are a lot of scammers in the brokerage industry. Getting influenced by the incorrect advertisements and promotions which states that it is easy to make profits in the forex markets. People who don’t understand it are usually taken up by these advertisements and incur losses. However, reality is different. You would need to ignore such influences present in the market and focus on ECN or STP brokers.
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