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The Best Forex Tips and Strategies To Use in 2018



Each and every year, forex trading becomes furthered engrained in investment culture, with 2018 set to further the market’s level of influence. The high risk, high reward nature of forex trading means it is going to be at the forefront of traders minds as one of the most important ways to try to generate money online this year. At the center of any successful forex trading approach, you’ll find nerve, analysis, and strategy; when these three elements combine effectively, any trader’s efforts will become increasingly more productive.

2018 is projected to be one of the most tumultuous trading years in recent memory, with the state of the economic and financial markets going through a level of change not seen since the economic crash of 2008. To help you navigate this rough terrain, and hopefully get the best out of the forex market in the process, the following is our breakdown of the best forex tips and strategies to use in 2018.

Keep a close eye on the cryptocurrency market and Donald Trump’s presidency

You can fully expect 2018 to pick up exactly where 2017 left off, with the cryptocurrency market stealing away attention from the world of forex. The digital currencies of the world, along with all the ICOs on the horizon during 2018, are going to reshape the way the world sees currency. There is very little doubt about the impact currently accessible coins are going to have on everything from banking to consumer spending. When looking at your portfolio, don’t be afraid to introduce cryptocurrencies into the picture.

Donald Trump has been bashed by political institutions the world over, so you can rightfully expect him to impact the currency of the free world during this year. His attitude towards seemingly every aspect of government is causing shockwaves. While business statistics show some signs of life, the USD has been rocky ever since he took the oval office. Expect things to be just as patchy across 2018.

Expect and learn to work with volatility

2018 is going to be a volatile year within the forex market, as political turmoil across Europe and North America continues to be rife. What with stumbling Brexit negations, questionable political positions in many of Europe’s leading nations, and growing political discontent in the United States, leading currencies are set to face the firing line. Preparing your portfolio for volatility is pivotal to any future success, as you’ll need to learn to work around it as 2018 unfolds.

Be willing to make independent judgements on the market

During 2018, you can expect the herd mentality to be strong; just look at how 2017 ended with the cryptocurrency rush. For that reason, you need to take matters—at least for the most part—into your own hands. You must know how to understand graphs and charts, along with being able to decipher what exactly is going to send the market in one direction or the other. Don’t believe everything you hear and read—in spite of how legitimate it may sound—and be willing to conduct your own research when required. Study weekly charts, identify underlying patterns, and track the movers and shakers, if you’ll pardon the cliché. Effectively, you need to do enough to make sure that you’re in a position to make your own independent judgements.

Take advantage of automated trading options

You might be surprised to learn that there are still many traders out there that openly avoid using automated trading software. While automated trading options were rocky during formative years, they represent a key market tool during 2018 and something that should certainly be taken advantage of. Traders seeking an extra opinion or neutral advice can look towards the two forms of automated trading out there to shore up any portfolio. The choices are allowing a computer to execute the trades on your behalf, or allowing a professional trader to execute the trades for you.

Studies have shown that by implementing automated trading options on top of traditional “point and click” trading, you can drastically improve your profit potential. With human emotion and single-minded trading removed from the equation, a trader can implement a safety net via automation that could step in to save the day should your manual trading efforts stop being effective.

Understand the importance of risk management

Have first-time market entrants won big taking massive risks in the past? Yes, but 2018 is not going to be the year to put this approach to the test. As we’ve discussed above, volatility could very well run rampant over the next 12 months, so you need to take the steps required to protect yourself. Risk management will be pivotal to your success. Experts have recommended that you should eliminate emotions when trading in order to make logical decisions, and they’re not wrong. Having a grasp on where the line of overreach should be drawn while following the famed “2% rule” could also be advisable.


One thing is for certain: 2018 is going to serve up an unheralded amount of trading action across the forex market. Through controversies and a fair helping of volatility, the opportunity to generate both short-term and long-term profit is evident. If you are going to craft a forex portfolio that matters, you need to trade effectively. Take into account all that you’ve read here today, and you might just find that 2018 is your most profitable forex trading year to date!

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This post was written by Graeme Watkins

CEO Valutrades Limited, Graeme Watkins is an FX and CFD market veteran with more than 10 years experience. Key roles include management, senior systems and controls, sales, project management and operations. Graeme has help significant roles for both brokerages and technology platforms.