FX Trading Tips

Jan 13, 2011 at 11:12
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Jan 13, 2011 at 11:12
Risk Management

Speculating as a trader is not gambling. The difference between gambling and speculating is risk management, with speculating, you have some kind of control over your risk, whereas with gambling you don't. Risk is inherent in every trade you take, if you can measure risk you can manage it. Psychologically, you must accept this risk upfront before you trade.

•Risk per trade should always be a small percentage of your total capital. A good starting percentage could be 2% of your available trading capital

•Learn to love small losses, stop loss are designed to prevent the 'it will come back' mentality and limit losses before they escalate. For example, if a stock breaks below a key support level, traders often sell as soon as possible

•Stop losses should not be closer than 1.5-times the current high-to-low range (volatility), as it is too likely to get executed without reason. Make sure stop loss doesn’t get caught in volatility

•Adjust the stop loss according to the market's volatility; if the stock price isn't moving too much, then the stop-loss points can be tightened.

•Slide your stops, if the market is moving in your favor keep changing your stop loss to secure your profits.

•Consider setting limits on the amount you win or lose in a day. In other words, if you reap an $X profit, your done for the day, or if you lose $Y fold up your tent and go home. This works for investors because sometimes it is better to just 'go on take the money and run,'


When going from virtual to real trading, you are entering into the most difficult step trading psychology, while it may be very easy to trade when the risk of loss does not exist, when hard-earned dollars are thrown into the mix, focus and price objective can go out the window. You should first spend some time getting to know yourself and the particular mind-traps you tend to fall into. All traders will experience at least one mind trap, but it is the very best traders that learn to recognize, understand and neutralize them.

•Greed can lead a trader to hold on to a position too long in hopes of a higher price. Fear can prevent a trader from entering trades along with taking them out of positions far too early

•Paralyze by analyze is an interesting phenomenon in which traders get so caught up in analyzing everything about a potential investment that they never actually pull the trigger on the trade.

•If you are not emotionally and psychologically ready to do battle in the markets, it is better to take the day off - otherwise, you risk losing your shirt

Do your Home Work

•The best way to objectify your trading is by keeping a journal of each trade, noting the reasons for entry and exit and keeping score of how effective your system is.

•Know where the likely psychological price triggers are as other investors know them and are waiting for them (Support and Resistance)

•Use known fundamental events, such as earnings releases or FDA decisions, as key time periods to make sure to be in or out of a trade as volatility and uncertainty can rise

•Find out the main news that moved the market recently, find the major support and resistance of the day, what news is coming out that might move the market

Trading Plan

•There is an old saying in business: 'Fail to plan and you plan to fail.'

•Evaluate the potential profit for each trade and whether it worth entering it (is there a strong support resistance nearby?)

•Set entry and exist rules - conditions that must be met to enter and exit the trade. Developing exit strategy: How long am I planning on being in this trade if my target is not reached?' Secondly, 'How much risk am I willing to take?' And finally, 'Where do I want to get out?'

•Keep excellent records – All good traders are also good record keepers. If they win a trade, they want to know exactly why and how. More importantly, they want to know the same when they lose, so they don't repeat unnecessary mistakes. Write down details such as targets, the entry and exit of each trade, the time, support and resistance levels, daily opening range, market open and close for the day, and record comments about why you made the trade and lessons learned

•Periodically review and assess your performance. This means not only should you review your returns and individual positions, but also how be prepared for the trading session, how up-to-date you are on the markets and how your progressing in terms of ongoing education
Biedrs kopš   1 ieraksti
Mar 11, 2011 at 00:16 (labots Mar 11, 2011 at 00:20)
Thank you so much for this information.I have been reading and studying about forex for about a year or more. This has given me a better way of thinking about how my trading skills are and what I need to change.Risk management is one to have in ones trading plans!
Biedrs kopš   724 ieraksti
Mar 13, 2011 at 16:01 (labots Mar 13, 2011 at 16:01)
Can't say any of that is really relevant in my trading, except the good stats bit.

Thank you fxbook. Greatly appreciated.
Biedrs kopš   556 ieraksti
Mar 14, 2011 at 12:46
That is good information, although you should credit the real article https://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/10/forex-risk-management.asp
Biedrs kopš   2 ieraksti
Mar 14, 2011 at 21:40
thank you
Biedrs kopš   1 ieraksti
Apr 21, 2011 at 08:52
Thank You. Much Appreciated.
Biedrs kopš   7 ieraksti
Apr 27, 2011 at 03:02
Excellent advice for new traders. Trading successfully takes alot of work. If you don't put in the time and effort into developing the various aspects of your system then you're going to end up dontating.
no pain no gain.
Biedrs kopš   6 ieraksti
May 21, 2011 at 10:17
but greed is one of the need to become xtremely rich. without greed in trading, u'll just end up as a commoner.
Biedrs kopš   8 ieraksti
May 22, 2011 at 09:37
We can learn all the fundamental and technical stuffs to fit our trading style but the most critical point is 'self dicipline'!...if we can master the dicipline ....I don't see why can't master the fx market...😀
The Risk keep me trading...The Pips keep me coming....The Profit keep me going...
Biedrs kopš   25 ieraksti
May 23, 2011 at 18:32
Learn to love losing................................and then youll get it
Memories caught in time but never forgotton
Biedrs kopš   202 ieraksti
May 27, 2011 at 21:36
Make a plan to fail. If it works, you've SUCCEEDED and you'll never be afraid of failure again.
Biedrs kopš   186 ieraksti
Jun 13, 2011 at 09:27
Money Management, i'm lovin it
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Biedrs kopš   1 ieraksti
Jun 16, 2011 at 07:50
great advice- thank you for starting this thread!
Biedrs kopš   3 ieraksti
Jun 22, 2011 at 20:08
i have a question if my total risk lets say is 2% of ma initial capital what should my stoploss be? coz im confused between risk management and stoploss could someone please explain..thank u
Rise above hate.
Biedrs kopš   345 ieraksti
Aug 14, 2011 at 09:21

moe247 posted:
    i have a question if my total risk lets say is 2% of ma initial capital what should my stoploss be? coz im confused between risk management and stoploss could someone please explain..thank u

Your stop-loss should be equal to your risk percent. If you risk 2% per trade, this means that your stop-loss, if triggered, is equal to 2% of account funds. This risk percent has nothing to do with the amount of capital you trade. That is, it is not the maximum funds you commit to a trade, but rather, the maximum funds you are prepared to risk (lose) per trade.

Say you have $1,000 capital. Your risk percent is 2% or $20 on $1,000 capital. This means that your stop-loss should not exceed $20 in order to meet the 2% capital rule. Now, suppose the difference between your entry price and nearest support/resistance is, say, 50 pips and each pip is worth 10-cents (micro contract). If you place your stop at nearest support/resistance, you risk 50 pips, or $5.00 in this example. If you now divide $20 by $5 you come out with a factor of 4, which is the total number of contracts you could trade in this instance without exceeding the 2% rule.

Hence, the capital risk factor determines the number of lots that can be traded on a given trade set-up. In the example above, if the stop-loss was 100 pips ($10) then maximum lots is 2, but if the stop-loss is 20 pips ($2.00), the maximum lots increase to 10 in this case.
Biedrs kopš   341 ieraksti
Dec 23, 2020 at 19:43
EVery new trader should choose a regulated broker to trade in the forex market.
Biedrs kopš   46 ieraksti
Feb 02, 2021 at 10:49
I always advised a beginner to analyze his working day in order to understand where what mistakes are made and his time to correct them.
Biedrs kopš   104 ieraksti
Feb 02, 2021 at 11:29
ElliotCooke posted:
EVery new trader should choose a regulated broker to trade in the forex market.
Totally! Staking your funds with brokers, who aren't even backed up with a good regulation, nothing worse than it
Biedrs kopš   994 ieraksti
Feb 02, 2021 at 12:05
According to me, candle chart is much useful than the others 2 one; I basically rely on the candle chart for understanding the technical signal of the candle chart. Even, I don’t need to use any kind of technical tool.
Biedrs kopš   718 ieraksti
Feb 02, 2021 at 13:01
newcomers should choose the broker which is more appropriate to the concept of trading that will be used , if love doing scalping should choose the broker which allows trading concept such as this.
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