While many people know what Forex is, the foreign exchange currency market, many think that it is hugely risky and trading will cause you to lose your shirt on a moment's notice. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid this fate, if you do it right. This article will teach you how to negate risk in your Forex trades.
The most important thing you can do is reduce the amount of capital you have invested in trades. The general rule is to never have more than five percent of your money in open positions. If you end up losing five percent, you have ninety-five percent left with which to trade when the markets are more stable. You will never lose your shirt, so to speak, and you will always be able to come back another day and trade, even if you lose all you have invested in the market.
You must know when the time is right to close your positions. Predict the peak at which the currency will go, subtract at least ten percent, but preferably fifty percent, and make that your maximum. When it reaches that point, close the position and enjoy your profit. If you think the trend will continue upwards, repeat the process with a new position. You need to have the same limit for a downward trajectory. For example, make a rule that if the currency's value drops by twenty percent, you will close the position. This reduces the amount you can lose and allows you to rethink your strategy and check the trends to see if this pair is actually as good as you think.
When you start out, risk is at its highest as you don't know which software will help you out the most, how to read trends or even how to use your broker's tools. That is why creating a demo account is your best bet. It allows you to play around with the system, learning how to make a trade. It also gives you the time to really figure out how trends work and then see how trading on them can bring success or failure. It gives you experience with losing and profiting as well. Lastly, as you start to trade, you will figure out which programs will help you the most, such as news signal alerts and leverage calculators.
Lastly, if you can keep emotional trading off the table, your risk will significantly plunge. That means you need to stick to your guns, following the limits you set and never deviating from the plan. When you trade with facts and figures behind your decisions, you are more likely to turn a profit than if you go on a hunch or follow your greed.
Once you reduce the risk on your trades, you will find that they slowly but surely begin to turn a profit. While you will face losses, they won't be catastrophic, and your gains will build up and outweigh them. In time, your account will begin to grow and you will end up making money instead of losing it, all because you read this article. Use these tips and have fun!