Jan 162012

The forex market in itself is a place that provides ample opportunities for making a decent amount of profit, but what most of the people do not know is that it is also one of the places where you can end up losing a lot of your hard earned money. People lose money in the forex market because of the fact that the market is promoted as a place where almost anyone can earn a lot of money. What is not told to the people is that investing in currencies involves substantial risk and that risk can get you in trouble if you are not careful.

People lose out in forex since they believe that there are a lot of free resources which can help them become experts in a single day. They are generally fed with the wrong notion that forex takes very less time to master and once you master the art of trading currencies, you can never lose out on any trades.

One of the most important thing that needs to be remembered in order to not fail in the currency market is that currency market trading requires you to commit time, energy and money. Apart from this forex needs to be treated in the same manner as you would treat any other investment, whether it relates to stock market investment, mutual funds or insurance.

Failure is quite common in the currency market and most of the organizations promoting their forex trading platforms and engines would be very reluctant to tell you the real story. Why? Simply because if the people knew the level of risk involved in trading in the currency market, it would be difficult to convince them to trade. In order to protect yourself from imminent failure while trading in currencies you need to understand the ins and the outs of the market. You need to be aware about how the market moves and what the best ways to make money in the market are. You also need to be aware of the reasons why people tend to be failures when it comes to trading forex. Here are some reasons which might help you in understanding this:

Forex is treated as a get rich quick scheme

People think that forex can make them millionaires overnight. This is not the case and even if you have thousands of dollars to invest and a lot of knowledge, such a possibility might not exist at all. Making a fortune from forex trading requires hard work, determination, knowledge, skill and a well laid out strategy.

Expectation of great returns

Most people think that they can generate returns of up to 200% by trading in the currency market. Well, this is not at all true. Forex trading is just like any other business out there so expecting such a huge return should be out of the question. Also since currency market is widely related to economic conditions and financial situations of a nation, the return is limited by the growth rate of the nation whose currency is being traded.

People believe that no hard work is involved in forex trading

Those who think that they can achieve success in any field, not just forex, without hard work are just kidding themselves. There is no shortcut to success and this applies to currency trading also. If you do not have the patience to toil hard and gain knowledge you can never be successful in the currency market.

These are some of the reasons why people fail in the currency market. The best way to achieve greater heights in the market is by avoiding these pitfalls and taking the path of knowledge and hard work.

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Jan 022008

Right out of the 2008 gate, the bad financial news begins, shaping this new year to be a continuation of things from 2007 in the FOREX as the US dollar continues its fall against the Euro and other foreign currencies.

The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Index was released today and the release was not good. This ISM report measures the activity level of purchasing managers in the manufacturing sector, with a reading above 50 indicating expansion. We’ve been keeping our head above 50 for awhile now, and forecasters expected a number of about 50.7 or so. Instead, we got a numbing 47.7!

The news was immediately met with a drop in the dollar. After finding some strength by mid-December, the dollar had continued its fall to end the year. Now, the dollar has fallen further against most other major currencies, especially the Euro. The currency pair EUR/USD was trading at about 1.4740 this morning and looks to continue its rise. We may see 1.500 before long!

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Nov 132007

The dollar has really taken it on the chin these last few months, hitting record lows against just about every other major currency.  The EUR/USD trickled over 1.47, the GBP/USD almost reached 2.12 and after reaching parity just a few weeks ago, the USD/CAD got down to nearly .90.  These seem like some pretty unbelievable number but they shouldn’t come as a great surprise.

The dollar has been pelted on all sides and the economic news the last few months has been one bad sign after another.  The Fed has had to lower the target for the Fed fund rate twice now, and may be in line for another before the year is over.

We’ve seen today the dollar take back a little of its losses against some of the other currencies, but it’s still reeling under the strength of the Yen where it briefly dipped below 1.10 for the first time since May of 06.

It should be an interesting couple of weeks as this very volatile forex market plays out.

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Oct 192007

This last week has been another rough one for the US dollar. We saw it sink to an all-time low against the Euro, hitting 1.4318 briefly before settling to just under 1.43 for the weekend. The news was pretty bleak all week for the dollar with pretty poor economic releases and some discouraging words from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. And what about oil? Oil has been skyrocketing lately, hitting the $90 a barrel earlier and settling to around $88 today.

So, can the dollar recover?  And if so, when?

Well, it doesn’t look like much of a rebound is in the works this year. Most economists feel the housing slowdown will last most of next year, if not longer. This has largely not leaked into the rest of the economy, but we’re starting to see signs of a slowdown. Employment figures have been mixed and deficit numbers are up.

Although a week or so ago there was about a 50-50 chance we’d see another interest rate cut, that number seems to be about 90% now. If we do see a cut in October, it’s probably likely another one is on the way before the end of the year.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Euro shooting up to 1.45 within the next couple of weeks…and from there….who knows?

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Aug 152007

Based on the numerous and frequent number of forex ads pasted on just about every finance and investment webpage, you’d be very wise to be skeptical of the claims. The world of forex can be a dangerous place and many of these ads make outrageous claims about the ability and ease to make money. Rest assured, money can be made in forex trading. For every loser licking his wounds there is someone else out there reaping the reward. Many times, of course, it is the forex broker who profits. Other times it’s the signal provider or “guru mentor”, but somebody is always winning.

In order to begin trading forex, one must do a number of things. Education is the key and should be the first thing on the to-do list. Naturally, a new forex trader might be drawn to sites claiming to erase the need for proper forex education with quick, effortless signals that stream into your email throughout the day. These signal providers make it sound like you can turn your trading on auto pilot while the money rolls in. Of course, this is not the case.

To be sure, there are some forex professionals willing to provide reliable signals on a regular basis. But as any experienced forex trader will tell you, getting a signal to buy or sell a foreign currency is only one small part of becoming a forex trader. You must also be able to analyse risk, develop a strategy of when to exit an entered trade, devise a sound money management plan and so forth. Any forex “expert” who tells you otherwise is surely out to get your hard earned money.

Here are a few of the tell-tale signs of a forex scam:

Too good to be true. This age-old adage is right on the money. Forex can be a legitimate way to make money, but it is not easy. If the forex expert is making claims that just sound unreal, they probably are.

Easy profits with no risk. There is always a risk in all types of trading, and forex is no exception. With the ability to throw large amounts of margin into a trade, the chance of losing money is very high. With margin, it is true that profits can be made relatively quickly, but the higher the margin, the higher the risk.

Unrealistic profit goals. Many ads claim that you can realize xxx% returns in a matter of months. While it is no doubt true that these very high returns are humanly possible, it is highly unlikely that you can do it, let along for a sustained amount of time. Eventually you will lose, and if you’re trading with the kind of high margin that these unrealistic returns claim, you may lose everything.

These are just a few of the many tell-tale signs that a forex offer might be a scam. You can make money trading forex, but like any investment or trading opportunity, common sense and a lot of education and practice are the only way to go. There are no shortcuts.

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Sep 072005

Are you keen on starting FOREX trading? Why would you not be? Many beginning FOREX traders are captivated by the allure of easy money. FOREX websites offer ‘risk-free’ trading, ‘high returns’ and ‘low investment’ these claims have a grain of truth in them, but the reality of FOREX is a bit more complex. As with anything in life, what you put in will determine what you get out.

There are two common mistakes that many beginner traders make trading without a strategy and letting emotions rule their decisions. After opening a FOREX account it may be tempting to dive right in and start trading. Watching the movements of EUR/USD for example, you may feel that you are letting an opportunity pass you by if you don’t enter the market immediately. You buy and watch the market move against you. You panic and sell, only to see the market recover.

This kind of undisciplined approach to FOREX is guaranteed to lose you money, and have you waste your time. FOREX traders need to have a rational trading strategy and not allow emotions to rule their trading decisions.

The two emotions prevalent in the above example is greed (entering the market immediately) and fear (selling when the market temporarily moves against you). Investing and these two emotions do not gel at all. Keep them out of your trading and you will see results.

To make rational trading decisions the FOREX trader must be well-educated in market movements. He must be able to apply technical studies to charts and plot out entry and exit points. He must take advantage of the various types of orders to minimize his risk and maximize his profit.

The first step in becoming a successful FOREX trader is to understand the market and the forces behind it. Who trades FOREX and why? Who is successful and why are they successful? This knowledge will allow you to identify successful trading strategies and use them as models for your own.

There are 5 major groups of investors who participate in FOREX – Governments, Banks, Corporations, Investment Funds, and traders. Each group has varying objectives, but the one thing that all the groups (except traders) have in common is external control. Every organization has rules and guidelines for trading currencies and can be held accountable for their trading decisions. Individual traders, on the other hand, are accountable only to themselves.

If you do not keep yourself in check, nobody else will. Why should they worry if you aimlessly waste your money?

This means that the trader who lacks rules and guidelines is playing a losing game. Large organizations and educated traders approach the FOREX with strategies, and if you hope to succeed as a FOREX trader you must play by the same rules. That is studying these strategies and rules before starting to trade is so important.

FOREX Trading Philosophy – Money Management

Money management is part and parcel of any trading strategy. Besides knowing which currencies to trade and recognizing entry and exit signals, the successful trader has to manage his resources and integrate money management into his trading plan. Position size, margin, recent profits and losses, and contingency plans all need to be considered before entering the market.

This may sound like Greek now! If it does, you have more reason to get to know these terms. Knowledge will empower you on any investment market, including FOREX.

There are various strategies for approaching money management. Many of them rely on the calculation of core equity. Core equity is your starting balance minus the money used in open positions. If the starting balance is $10,000 and you have $1000 in open positions your core equity is $9000.

When entering a position try to limit risk to 1% to 3% of each trade. This means that if you are trading a standard FOREX lot of $100,000 you should limit your risk to $1000 to $3000 – preferably $1000. You do this by placing a stop loss order 100 pips (when 1 pip = $10) above or below your entry position.

As your core equity rises or falls you can adjust the dollar amount of your risk. With a starting balance of $10,000 and one open position your core equity is $9000. If you wish to add a second open position, your core equity would fall to $8000 and you should limit your risk to $900. Risk in a third position should be limited to $800.

By the same principal you can also raise your risk level as your core equity rises. If you have been trading successfully and made a $5000 profit, your core equity is now $15,000. You could raise your risk to $1500 per transaction. Alternatively, you could risk more from the profit than from the original starting balance. Some traders may risk up to 5% against their realized profits ($5,000 on a $100,000 lot) for greater profit potential.

As you can see, the novice needs to get through quite a bit of education, understanding and planning before those ‘risk-free’ trading, ‘high returns’ and ‘low investment’ promises will come into play. What are you waiting for? Get yourself a decent FOREX Trading Education.

Guest Article by Dries Cron.

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Aug 222005

Forex, FX and the Forex market are some common abbreviations for the Foreign Exchange market. Actually it is the largest financial market in the world, where money is sold and bought freely. In its present condition the Forex market was launched in the seventies, when free exchange rates were introduced, and only the participants of the market determine the price of one currency against the other proceeding from demand and supply. As far as the freedom from any external control and free competition are concerned, the Forex market is a perfect market. Continue reading »

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Aug 162005

Stocks have been a popular investment for hundreds of years. Companies issue stocks to raise capital for expansion and new projects, and each share of the stock represents a partial ownership in the company. When the company does well and makes a profit, the value of the stocks rise. Stock owners can sell their shares for a profit or hold on to the stock for even more gain in the future. Sometimes companies will issue dividends part of the profits that are distributed to share holders. Continue reading »

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Aug 162005

You may have been hearing about the foreign exchange market (FOREX) and the investment advantages it offers. You would like to try it out, but don’t know where to start. This short guide will give you the basics in FOREX and tell you what you need to participate in this fast growing field. Continue reading »

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Aug 162005

FOREX traders almost always rely on analysis to make plan their trading strategies. There are two basic types of FOREX analysis technical and fundamental. This article will look at fundamental analysis and how it used in FOREX trading. Continue reading »

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Aug 162005

The Foreign Exchange Market better known as FOREX – is a world wide market for buying and selling currencies. It handles a huge volume of transactions 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. Daily exchanges are worth approximately $1.5 trillion (US dollars). In comparison, the United States Treasury Bond market averages $300 billion a day and American stock markets exchange about $100 billion a day. Continue reading »

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Mar 112005

There are many forms of investing online. While I can give you a list that is a mile long, these are the most common forms of successful investments. Some of the following know how to invest terms are:

1. Option trading
2. Future trading
3. Currency trading
4. Stock trading
5. Future trading
6. Forex trading (or) foreign exchange trading
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Feb 282005

For those unfamiliar with the term, FOREX (FOReign EXchange market), refers to an international exchange market where currencies are bought and sold. The Foreign Exchange Market that we see today began in the 1970’s, when free exchange rates and floating currencies were introduced. In such an environment only participants in the market determine the price of one currency against another, based upon supply and demand for that currency. Continue reading »

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