“I think there is a lot less manipulation in Forex by the big guys.”
Well, no. There is actually constant manipulation going on in the forex market but as long as you understand what that manipulation is, you can take advantage of it and profit. Just trade in the same direction as the manipulators and you will always come out on top. In the forex market, the manipulators are the banks. National Banks, Federal Reserve, you get the idea. They are trying to get their currency to do something, understand what that thing is and trade in that direction.
Trading according to information or the news, is called Fundamental trading but the most popular type of trading is technical. Every website that deals with trading states clearly that “past results are not necessarily indicative of future performances”, - however, often it is. Especially events close in time. Indicators are built to analyze the inertia of events to guess at the future outcome. They are wrong a lot of the time so every technical trader is always looking for the better indicator.
The third type of trading is a specific type of fundamental trading called systemic. These are math based and usually computerized. The idea is that the less a trader needs to do personally, the less likelihood there is that human error will play a significant roll. An automated systemic trading program took over 3,000 trades with no losses. Although the system is very logical, technical traders have a hard time believing that it's true even when the see the monthly broker reports.
These systems are best for retirees or anyone depending on a passive income for their living. They tend to make less than the active investors but they are also safer in that human emotions are limited. Expect to make between one half to two percent a month with these types.
Now you need to figurer out what kind of a trader you want to become then study that style until you have mastered it. One bit of advice, it is cheaper to pay for training than to pay for your mistakes. But I would think that as I'm a trainer. Looking back though, I wish I had training available back when I got started as is available today.
Good luck and welcome to the wide world of forex.
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