Is it only forex you want to do? Telling you, you might need a larger fraction of your initial time to get yourself acquainted with the basics and common tactics if you have just started. Definitely not a game of a couple of days, even take months for some.
I myself had to run in for 4 months before I saw a single trade where the profit equaled my loss, otherwise, there were no to little margins. I eventually learnt how to not blow my account, but still have lots to adapt.
I am nowhere demotivating anyone, just sharing some truth. Invest your time not money when you step into real time trading. I totally believe in strategising well so your trades are less towards the losing point.
I shared my experience of initial 4 months, isn’t that enough to count as mention of my learning?
The most important thing acc to me is the selection of trading timeframes. Creating demo trading account is another thing to prepare yourself in virtual environment as you are not risking your real money - can count it as a step. Best is to start with a small investment so you know more about the market in case you lose. In that case, get in touch with brokerage firms that provide NBP. At least your losses won’t exceed your investment. Experienced this first hand when I saved myself from owing my money to the broker itself.
One thing that I would tell you is that though forex offers great opportunities of money making, yet profitability takes time and hence you need to be really patient and focus on learning more as a beginner.
Bladiminmunro posted: many thanks, appreciate the info @4th response profile. Can you please tell me if I have to pay for demo account? And with which broker?
No, the demo accounts are cost free. I assume all brokers provide it without any charges. I am actually using two accounts - one with vantage fx and other with fxview. That one incident of me losing the entire amount happened when I had the lost trade in one of my sessions a couple of months ago. That time I was day trading with fxview and lost a whopping 4500 USD. That was too close to blow up my account and owing money, but fortunately didn’t go beyond the balance I was holding in my deposits. Moreover NBP is now mandated by EU Financial authorities.
Can create an EA base and invest an hour or two monitoring it. Deploy it on Metatrader 4 or 5. Ensure it’s in sync with the real time news or it would skip starting/stopping the trades at right times. Won’t be the case if you are in front of your screen and keeping a tab on the updates.
There is no indicator, or robot that will make you consistently or sustainably profit over many years. The only way to be a true investor in Forex is to teach yourself with the right material. All those marketing, their 10 houses, Ferraris, Lambo's, Holiday in paradise. Are selling you something unrealistic as a new trader.
Backtesting is crucial. Whenever you create a new strategy or using an automated one, test it once on the currency pair you want to trade. I have been doing it for USDCAD with Axitrader. I suggest to use less volatile pairs at first and then step to exotic pairs. I didn’t trade with AUDUSD as I wasn’t much convinced with the historical data I downloaded. You can do it on either of the platforms - mt4 or mt5.
I also think that no newbie should quit their job and try trading full-time rightaway. There is a lot to learn and practice before you can get consistently profitable, and it also takes capital to be able to start to make a living. As a long-term plan, though, trading instead of working a job you don't love sounds great, good luck with it!
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