How to successfully trade Forex?

Typically, traders who make only a few concentrated large trades are more apt to lose money. On the other hand, traders who distribute their trading funds over many different trades diversify their risk and have a better chance of trading profitably. Similarly, traders who leverage their trades aggressively are more likely to have large losses than those who don’t.

Nevertheless, according to a 2014 Bloomberg report, almost 70 percent of Forex traders lost money in each of the preceding four quarters.

Unsurprisingly, data compiled by the National Futures Association, a Forex self-regulatory institution similar the stock market’s FINRA, shows that most retail Forex traders drop out after about four months.

Making money trading on the Forex isn’t impossible, but it’s difficult. Advisable practices include:

  • begin trading with a practice account
  • diversifying risk by making several small trades in different markets rather than a single trade.
  • using stop loss orders to limit potential losses
  • avoid using the available leverage, which can exceed 50 to 1. At 50 to 1 even a two percent difference going against your trade results in a total loss of all invested funds.

Can I really profit from trading forex?

As an investor that wants to try your hands at Forex trading,  the first and most crucial question that needs to be answered is: Can I really profit from trading forex? or Can I make enough money to support my own living or even my family?

Well, the simple answer is Yes. However, in order to achieve this goal, you have to master a wide range of skills and have a deep understanding of how the forex market works. Just like every job or business you’ve ever worked on, making money needs special knowledge, skill sets, and hard work. Don’t expect to get rich overnight on the forex markets or you’ll get burned.

Here are some simple suggestions or tips that might help you make some decent money from trading forex:

(1) Get the know-how

Buy some good forex books and learn as much as you can about the basics of currency trading. You need to understand the connections between different currency pairs, and why they are moving in the current direction. Also, keep a close eye on major financial news and see how it will move the markets.

(2) Start small

Never put too much money into trading forex. Forex markets is one of the riskiest markets in the financial world. Much riskier than your average stock markets. Because you might lose all the money in your account. Why? Because forex trading allows you using leverage, which can cause you to trade with more money than you have. Once the markets move in the opposite direction of what you’ve expected, you’ll lose money faster than you ever think. So the best bet is to put a small amount of money into your account and carefully watches it, always trade with caution. If you can do so, it will also significantly lowers your pressure while you do the trading. You can even try to open a cent account if you are new to forex trading.

(3) Do not over trade

Trading forex can be very stressful, this is especially true if you are doing day-trading. A lot of people like day trading, one of the main reasons is that they can make some quick money through this trading style “if” they are right about the market direction. But what if you are not so lucky and you made the wrong decision?  The consequence can be devastating. You need to understand that when you are day trading, you need to make significant amount of decision in a relatively short time period. The more decision you make, the lower your chance of winning will get. If you lose some money, you are under a lot of pressure which will affect your judgement and lead to more mistakes. So my advice is, try to lower the frequency of trading, be patient, only take a shot when you have a high probability of hitting the target.

Trading forex is a risky business but can also be rewarding. You need a lot of practice to be a successful trader. If you are skillful, cautious, and patient, your effort will finally pay off. And then, making money from trading forex will be a lot easier for you.