With the improvement of technology in the late 20th century, the world of forex trading opened up to the internet. By 2004, forex had developed into a $1.9 trillion a day market. As of 2016, the daily volume surpassed $5 trillion a day! Gaining access to the markets is relatively easy. The creation of the Internet made it possible to trade currencies anywhere in the world with internet access, 24 hours a day five days a week.
Do you remember the first time that you came across the financial markets, or more specifically, forex trading? Unless you had a keen interest in economics, it's highly likely that you were almost immediately drawn to technical analysis (T.A). Those attractively colourful indicators, pin-point accurate support/resistance lines and rumours of other technical traders trading for a living, is usually enough to lure the majority of newcomers into this category. There is, however, another technique used to analyse the markets: fundamental analysis (F.A).
Fat finger trades & flash crashes; these are terms that many of you might have heard on financial news channels or even seen plastered across headlines in newspapers, but do you really know what they mean?
As humans, we tend to perform our best when we have a well laid out routine. Chaos is something that most of us by human nature tend to avoid at best. With trading, having a routine brings with it a certain level of discipline which helps you to improve your performance as a trader. Having a trading routine helps you follow a trading process and at the same time will help you to avoid taking impulsive trading decisions, be it entering or exiting a trade prematurely. Professional traders, whether they trade currencies or bonds, or stocks follow a routine.
If you want to be a successful forex trader, greed is probably the biggest obstacle you'll have to overcome. If you try to get rich on every trade, you'll more than likely end up blowing your account - slow and steady wins the race. It's the great paradox that all traders face - if you want to get rich quickly, you have to do it slowly.
A general flaw of many traders is the habit of seeking "certainty" via indicators. It's not uncommon to see charts with five to seven indicators overlaid on them. However, the traders that seek certainty through indicators are usually the same traders that don't "dig deep" into the indicator to understand how it's built.
For many Forex traders, EAs represent dozens of hours spent carefully crafting an automated version of their own trading strategy. It is a labour of toil and love, but more often than not all the donkeywork ends in an EA that does not come up to scratch. Perhaps it works inconsistently, or worst case it does not work at all.
As humans we love to overcomplicate things!
While an elaborate trading strategy may impress your family and friends, it is unnecessary to succeed.
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