Forex Strategies #1 – The Real Reason
I’ve decided to share some of my thought processes when taking a trade. This is a 7-part series on Trading Strategies that I hope you enjoy.
Forex Trading Strategies #1 – The Real Reason
Far too many times, Forex traders get into the market without the right reason, or for that matter, without a good enough reason. Usually, the emotional factor is driving the trade, such as greed or fear of missing out on a potentially profitable trade…
And I have to confess to this as well because when you take away all of the technical mambo jumbos, the only reason that sometimes compelled me to take a trade was: greed…
Most traders tell themselves the wife’s reason, but the real reason is that they want to make money fast…
Of course, fundamentally, there is nothing wrong with being greedy or wanting to make money, or we wouldn’t be in this business in the first place. However, we have to be smart and greedy, not stupid and greedy and get our hands caught in the cookie jar. That’s why it is so important to have the right reason to take a trade instead of chasing after the market like a chicken without a head…
In a fair game, as defined by two players with the same odds, or neither one has an advantage over the other; it is proven that the one with the biggest purse will win the game. In Forex Trading, however, it is NOT a fair game for Retail Traders because:
- We enter the market at an immediate loss due to spreads.
- We have limited margin accounts.
- We use methods that are well-known and studied by traders all over the world, and
- So many underlying factors move the market, and no one can be certain sometimes.
All these put us at a great disadvantage in our trading, and it’s no surprise why most traders hit or miss with their trades all the time…
That is why we must identify The Real Reason behind our trading decisions. Ask yourself why you are in this particular trade. Is it because you saw how the market jumped 30 pips in the last 5 minutes? Or did you have a strong fundamental reason to take this trade? Is it because you’ve been sitting in front of your PC the whole day and haven’t made any money? Or you took this trade because it was the entry-level you’d been waiting for the whole day?
So make a habit of always asking yourself when you are about to take a trade, and pretty soon you’ll realize that you no longer look at the 5-min chart and fly by the seat of your pants…
And since you are always looking for the real reason, you’ll soon anticipate the market and plan… It is always a good habit to plan, knowing where you want to get in, why you want to get in, your stop loss, and your take profit levels to see some consistency in your trading.
In the coming day, I’ll cover some fundamental reasons to trade; I’m sure you’ll find it helpful to bookmark my blog or signup for the newsletter.
Economic News Releases (Forex News)
To wrap this up, here’s a great reason to be in the market – Economic News Releases:
Since we get about 30 high-impact tradable news releases a month with potentially hundreds of pips of movements per release, I’ll say that news trading is a great reason to be in the market… considering also the fact that the bulk of market movements takes place during the first 45 minutes after the news, you get the most out of trading in a relatively short time, plus the fact that some high-impact news could change the long-term trend of the market, which puts you in an excellent position to get in just as the trend changes… I can’t think of a better way of trading…
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