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Mastering Forex Trading

May 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Forex Market

This is an article for people who have failed at Forex trading. You know who you are? You are probably just like me and was sucked into the promise of making money in a few hours.

I fell so deep down the rabbit hole that I was waking up at 3 AM every morning just to trade the London open. I started off using a ton of lagging technical indicator and I was trying a ton of tips and methods that I found in forums and blogs. After six months of doing this I lost my shirt. My account was empty and I was depressed.

For me Forex was a game that I had to win. Like any addict, I reloaded my account and promised myself to stick to one method. I also promised to use good money management because half of your success as a trader is dependent on how you manage risk. Guys who use too much leverage go broke and guys who trade to large go broke.

At this point, I was not using any indicators because all indicator are lagging and can only tell you what happened in the past. Have you every looked at moving averages in the past tense and saw how everything makes so much sense? Well, in real time those moving averages are useless and can only tell you where price has been and not where it will go.

Although, I was making better choices with how I managed my money, I still wasn’t a good trader. Even with these changes, I was just a slight loser.

My problem was that I was still a discretionary trader who was trading on two small of a time frame. This is a problem that many traders face, they get into Forex to TRADE and to their detriment, small time frames allow them to make many trades. All newbies fall in love with some form of short-term trading, which is hard to master.

In all honesty, short-term trading and day trading is not something that most traders can successfully do. It’s a big boy game. The big boys have all the level 2 tools where they can see an order book and see when the big money comes into the market. You and I don’t have that on our retail accounts.

For the novice and losing intermediate trader, a strategy that uses a larger time frame gives the most opportunity to earn money. You have to kill that desire to TRADE and replace it with the desire to make money. When trading on a larger time frame their will be less trades to make and that equates to fewer opportunities to make mistakes.

I didn’t start making money until I started focusing on the daily chart. I made trades only once or twice a day and I comeback hours later to see how things are going. I sometimes close trades in a few hours and sometimes I let these trades rider for a few days.

I am finally a successful trader.

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