Forex trading is the act of trading currencies against each other. If you’ve ever heard of someone needing to change their money over before traveling overseas, that is using foreign exchange.
In what is now becoming the distant past, only banks and some of their wealthy clients had true access to the foreign exchange market. They would make their trades and watch their wealth grow. Today forex has exploded into a rapidly expanding industry. The downside is that during this expansion, it has been sold to many as a “get rich quick” method. This has led to some messy entries to forex for traders jumping in, looking for a way to grow riches very quickly.
Forex trading should be viewed as another investment vehicle similar to stocks, or bonds. The main difference is easy access to tools that can kill your account quickly. When you trade forex, you have access to forex leverage, which means you can trade many times more than what is in your account. This can lead you to an easier way to make large gains, but it also helps you with the flip side of that which is giving you an easy way to make large losses. On most websites for the sale of forex products, the potential gains are huge on the page, and to comply with the law, in small print at the bottom is a risk statement letting you know that losses are possible.
In any case, there are some things you need to do in order to get going and start trading and potentially making money.
Find A Forex Broker
You’ll need to go out and find yourself a forex broker that you feel comfortable with. This will likely be a long term relationship for you, so don’t rush it. Shop multiple brokers, check out the forex spreads that they offer, and read forex broker reviews to see how their current and past clients feel about them.
Open a Forex Trading Account
Obviously, you need to open an account so you can trade. One thing that I think is a great benefit to forex trading is that all brokers offer forex trading demo accounts so you can get in practice with play money, while using the live market.
Decide on your Forex Strategy
Find a forex strategy that works for you. Test out different techniques and trade on a demo account. You might before technical analysis, or you might want to analyze the market using fundamentals. Some traders like to hybridize systems that utilize both.
Work on Risk Management
Forex risk management strategies are comprised of several aspects. You need to master managing risk before you get too far into trading. Aside from trading with a reasonable trade size and using good stop management, you need to keep your emotions in check. This is really a topic for another article, but none the less important. Your emotions can help you lose the game if you don’t figure out how to deal with them appropriately. It does help to keep your risk low, but everyone has a different risk trigger that solicits an emotional reaction, so you won’t get around it.
If you plan to be successful at forex, it’s going to take some time. Take your time to learn the ropes and make your plans. Jumping in and trading like a cowboy will earn you a quick route to a busted account. Taking your time, learning the correct approach, and practice, practice, practice, will bring you success. Sometimes downswings happen in performance and that is to be expected. The key is always figuring out what is causing the problem and make a correction.
Forex scams can take many forms. Some scams can be
compelling or seem to be very legitimate. They take advantage of traders
seeking the magic answer to winning in the forex markets. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers.
Here is a quick list of some popular general forex scams.
1. Signal Sellers
seems like a new company springs up every day that has the signal
service to beat all signal services. They profess to be able to sell you
information on which trades you should make. These signal sellers
usually charge a daily/weekly/monthly fee for their service and usually
do not offer anything that will help improve your trading. There is no
such thing as having a magic key to the market and if there was, why
would you sell it?
2. Phony Investment Funds
In the past few years, funds called HYIP(High Yield Investment Program) have popped up all over the place. Most of these(if not all) are scams. They promise you a high level of return for temporary use of your money in their forex fund. It is a type of Ponzi scheme where the investors of yesterday get paid back by the investors of tomorrow. Once the fund runs out of prospects, they usually close down and take whatever money they had with them.
3. Miracle Software
There is no software that will figure out the forex market for you. However, a quick google search will turn up plenty of software sellers that say otherwise. Some companies out there are selling their special “packages” for upwards of $5,000 and many times it turns out to be something that you can find on the internet for free. It is generally not advisable to buy any type of forex software that will tell you which trades to make.