What Makes Forex Trading Different?

If you’ve been following my forex forecast and decided to take the trade with me, we are now at a +120pip profit at the time of this writing. Pretty good profit margin. But it is not what we’re going to talk about today.

While I was lying in bed last night. I thought to myself. All indicators and all strategies are there on the internet, in books and in mentors. Why is it that there are only few people who are successful in forex trading. In the Philippines, I have not seen or met someone who is successful enough to get media attention. Is it really with the strategies or indicators that will make a forex trader successful?

While I was reading a book about different kinds of forex traders. I noticed that most of them are doctors, retired military men or athletes. People who are tough mentally or knows psychology. Maybe the thing about forex trading is its all in the mind more than it is with the indicators.

Also, nobody knows what will be the future of the charts or when a trend will begin or end. Nobody really knows when a reversal will occur or a support and resistance will break or bounce. Nobody really knows. We only have indicators to tell us options of what may happen its still us that have to decide and take risks.

So, the bottom line is… Its about risks. Risk management and money management. You only have to have a decent strategy that you’re confident about and apply money management principle to it.

Take risks. We know from the start that forex trading is risky. Before we even know how the market moves. We know that forex is risky. So we have to be prepared to take risks. That aside, manage the risk with money management.

These are my thoughts about forex trading. You may voice out your opinion in the comments section below.

New Milestone in Personal Forex Trading

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Today is a great day for me. Today marks the day where I completely eliminated all the losses that I have incurred while learning about forex.

When I started a year ago, I tried to trade forex live. After practicing for a couple of months, demo trading, I gather up all the courage I could get and opened my first live account. During the course of the year, I accumulated a total of -$5,000. Yes… Negative… And today, I completely finally took back all the losses.

I am up +$1,063 starting today. I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful trading life. And hopefully achieve my forex trading goal.

After all that grueling experience. I would like to share to you a little knowledge I picked up while stumbling across the trading realm. There are only 3 important factors to be successful at trading.

1. Psychology
2. Money Management
3. Exit

Notice that there are no trading strategy here or indicators. Not even entry strategy. It is because those 3 factors are what determines a successful trade. Because of them, my trade has been really good so far.

AUDUSD Pinbar Reversal

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I am using technical analysis when I am trading forex. Mainly candlesticks and moving averages. And yesterday, a beautiful pinbar reversal signal formed at AUDUSD. Looking to go Long on this one.

For the aggressive trader, this is a good chance to go LONG. But for the more conservative type, you might want to wait for the next bar to close before entering your position. You want to confirm that the next bar is bullish to be on the safe side.

EUR/AUD Best Trade Yet 650+ Pips

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Christmas is approaching and a gift of 650+ pips is better than any other gift I could receive this Christmas. Yes folks, its the largest profit I got since I started trading. And this is real money. More than 650+ pips. I’m pretty much confident now with my system and I can already see my goal not that far away.

You can see when I entered the trade indicated by a yellow arrow sign indicating a “short” trade.

Lesson learned. I pretty much stumbled my way and doubted myself if I even have to pursue trading. I did lost a couple of money and thinking that the money lost is not really lost and just an educational expense much like a school tuition. I did think of giving up because of consistent losing trades. But there have been a lot of times in my life that when I was about to give up, that’s the time where you are about to succeed. This is a small success for me and a validation of my efforts and persistence to learn and study different systems and to figure out what kind of system is the right one for my personality.

If you’re still struggling. Don’t give up. Lose only the money you can afford to lose. Don’t borrow money expecting to become millionaire. If you’re smart, you don’t need to borrow money. Don’t give up. Continue reading. You’ll get the hang of it. And most importantly, subscribe to my feed if you would like to be updated of what trades I take.

Later pips. And Merry Christmas to all! :)

What Are Your Goals in Forex?

180+ Pips on AUD USD

180+ pips on AUD/USD

When people asks me what I do for a living and tell them I have a business called forex trading, people always jump out of joy and ask me to teach them how to do it. It seems that is rare for someone to encounter such a breed of people that you won’t be able to hide your joy and ask questions. It is a pleasure for me to teach. But it can quickly becomes a frustration when people don’t have the willingness to learn. Only the willingness to ask. There are a lot of forex tutorials, resources and beginner tools on the subject that its quite frustrating now to explain fibonacci, limit orders, SMA, margin and leverage to an average person. We all have those basic stuff online and for free. If you come across a forex trader in your life, do not scare him away by asking newbie questions. Educate yourself first so you can ask interesting question that would express your willingness to learn. You may build a good relationship with that person and might improve your trading.

In a business where your character will be tested, I think everyone should be willing to learn by themselves because after all, it is your money. First ask the question, what is your goal for trading forex. Is it to become a millionaire overnight? Is it to retire young? Or is it just a vehicle for you for wealth building?

Whatever your answer to this question ultimately lead to what kind of strategy you will utilize. Every person is different. And every person have a kind of threshold where he can take a loss and not quit. Everybody is different. So learn about yourself. And create your own strategy. Master the fundamentals and you’ll be able to learn faster. And most importantly, be patient and have self discipline.

I do have my personal goal in forex when I started out last year. I haven’t achieve this goal yet. But I’m seeing positive results now more than ever. And that’s because I never stopped learning.

Whatever your goals are in forex, I wish you good luck.

Forex Trading on USD/CHF Feb 9

More forex trading before sleeping! I’m excited to spot a nice setup on USD/CHF. I just can’t pass this opportunity up before going to sleep. The chart looks like this:

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It’s definitely going down. So I made “short” to enter the trade and hopefully get’s back with the results when I wake up by tomorrow. :) By the way, this is on daily chart. It’s better to trade in this chart for me so I don’t have to be afraid of the noise happening with candle sticks going up and down on fast charts.

Update: Feb 9

Currently at +25.0 pips. I’m short on this trade. I chose short because of the pinbar that’s been in a bullish trend. And I’m quite iffy about the candle that will form today. We’ll see. I see no reason to go long though.

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Update Feb 9 Exit Trade

I exit the trade with 63.5 Pips. It’s a WIN.

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The iPad 2 That Forex Trading Bought

From my very good trade on EURCHF and achieving my First Forex Goal, came the reward, an iPad 2.

I just got it this morning, just after I woke up.

A very handy tool for forex trading. I can trade virtually on any position while lying on the couch.

There should be another round of reward when I reach my 2nd forex trading goal. I still have no idea what kind of reward. What do you think should I reward myself with when I reach my 2nd trading goal? Leave your comments below….

Never Trade on Mondays

I’ve been reading some beginner stuff about forex trading and one thing that caught my attention is that many experienced trader always advice not to trade on mondays. The reason behind this is because you want to know what will be the starting setup for the coming week so letting the first days alone is crucial. It also has the less volatility when it comes to pip movement.

I don’t know… Since I started trading, I’m never been more excited about mondays. When I was still in a full time job, I despise mondays! But now, I’m excited and I can’t even sleep sometimes.

What do you think? Do you trade mondays?

Forex Trading Small First Before You Go Big

People are greedy. That’s a fact. But its the emotion that keeps us wanting more and always wanting to have the things we want. Makes us think of ways on how to get it. Don’t fear greed. Make use of it. Master it.

Most newbie traders, me and my friend, talked about the profits in trading. One of us will argue that to have great profits you need to have large amounts of pips in a winning trade. Ok. Fair enough. More pips = more profits.

Think about this, you have $1M in your account as capital. And your target profit in terms of pips is in the 200+ pip range. Sounds like a lot money to be made when you get that 200+ pip. But think of the risk you will get and also the time before you get to profit. In forex trading, there are fluctuations, can you stay calm when your account displays -100pip because of its initial retracement? Can you still decide if the trend is against you or its just a retracement? Remember, earning that kind of pip will require you to hold the trade from 1 hr to 1 day. Can you handle the pressure?

I say, pip size doesn’t matter. How much you risk in each trade matters. Playing with small profit pips will reduce risk. And also, having a profit target that’s small will minimize risk. Smaller pips means, shorter time inside a trade which means lesser risk, less pressure from greed or fear.

Pip size doesn’t matter, volume does. Increase your volume once you got the thing going. Increase more to profit more, while still maintaining the same pip per trade profit. And always remember, don’t overtrade. Take a time out. Every businessman needs his vacation once in a while.

Good luck!

What is Forex Trading

Forex trading, in essence, is a market of people buying different currencies of the world and sell them at a particular time to earn money. The spot market or “forex market” is one of the most volatile market in the world averaging of $4 trillion worth of transactions per day. Money is moving up and down by the seconds that is why, many people, businessmen and investors like it, because its always active, always moving and there’s always an opportunity to earn and profit.

Forex trading is not for the weak at heart or those who are not willing to make any risk. Forex trading is a very risky game and you can potentially lose money in just a blink of an eye. With that said, the only way we can minimize risk is to educate ourselves on how to trade in the forex market. Education and experience is the key here. If you’re looking for that “get rich quick” because a friend told you so about forex, you’re looking at the wrong place.

Forex trading, when you login to your forex trader account, you’ll see a bunch of graphs. And it is what comprises of the forex market. These graphs tell stories of how the price of a particular currency pair moved throughout the day, week, hour, months or year. You should be familiar on how to read these graphs. One of the most popular kind of graph is the one invented by the japanese to trade things in the ancient times. They call it the candle sticks. Candle sticks are well known graph in the forex trading industry and we suggest you also read on that for starters.

Forex philippines is not any different. Since we are playing in a global market, we don’t have to worry about the country we are in as we can always buy foreign currencies and earn money. Of course, there are advantages though in buying your own currency paired with another currency. You know the local news and news may affect the forex market. Being in the same country as the currency you are trading will have huge advantage.