The United States nonfarm payrolls report is probably one of the most important economic releases every month. The nonfarm payrolls or NFP for short has a strong influence on the markets, even if it's just short-term.
There are many different approaches to trading. From technical signals given by the indicators to the fundamentals that become the driving force in the asset or instrument. Put a few traders in a room and chances are that they will trade the same asset or instrument differently.
Risk management is a phrase traders love to hate. It's the first thing new Forex traders are taught, and it's the first thing they ignore. No matter how much the pros emphasise risk management, the new trader is too easily distracted by the lure of their charts. There's no stopping the train.
From a psychological standpoint, taking trades on a demo account compared with trading in the live market are two completely different animals. Think tame house cat and wild lion! Regardless of how long one has successfully been trading on a demo account, pulling the trigger when hard-earned money is on the line is emotional for just about any trader.
Swing trading simply describes a method of approaching the market where the trader is seeking to capture percentage moves in a currency pair, referred to as "swings". Trades taken in this manner are usually at a reduced position size to account for the large trade parameters and can last anywhere from a day to several weeks and are typically entered on the daily time frame and above though some traders so use the 4hr charts also.
Traders who are just beginning to get a handle on how the markets move, focus on the range pattern; one of the most popular price patterns in technical analysis. In a range, the price bounces from a lower horizontal line (support) and rebounds back down from an upper horizontal line (resistance). This creates a sideways or "trend-less" price movement, which is very appealing even for advanced traders, because when a trader looks at the range in hindsight or on paper, it looks like a very easy way to make money.
Trading forex can be both interesting and rewarding if one can spend the time learning how it really works. First you have to build a base or foundation. That includes developing a strategy that works for you, finding good money management techniques and training your mind to be disciplined in all facets of trading. Remember, at the end of the day you must muster up enough courage to pull the trigger for any strategies developed to work.
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