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Exercise Your Way to Trading Profits

Unfortunately, many people who start trading find success difficult to achieve, especially early on.  Trading is a challenging endeavour that has torn people from across the world across generations, from every extreme of their emotions.  

It is our money that is directly involved in trading and therefore at risk, and the potential of making more money is our primary motivation for beginning this undertaking.  Ironically, it is the money that encourages the vast majority to attempt to trade yet it is the money that causes most people to fail.

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Developing the Professional Trader’s Mindset

One of the things I wish I knew before I started trading was how influential my mind was going to be on my trading and how much of an emotional roller coaster I would go on. Many traders have heard others talk often about “psychology”; however, I always wonder how many people truly understand what it is they mean when they talk about it and its relationship with trading. 

In reality, your mindset controls anything you do and, consequently, any endeavour you undertake. Trading is no different, and it could be argued that this truth is even more applicable in trading, as your money is involved, which triggers many emotions inside us.

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Market Wrap – September 2019

Concerns over global growth, Brexit’s looming deadline and the ongoing trade wars continue to dominate markets in September.  The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde has said in a recent interview that the trade war between the United States and China is weighing on the global economy ‘like a big, dark cloud’.  Ms Lagarde asserted that the ongoing tariffs are forecast to remove 0.8% off global economic growth in 2020. “That’s a massive number.” Lagarde said in an interview. “It’s fewer jobs. It’s less business going on. It’s less investment. It’s more uncertainty. It weighs like a big, dark cloud on the global economy.”

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How Long Should I Hold an Open Position in Forex Trading?

One of the biggest challenges of forex trading for beginners is knowing when to close your position. When your open position keeps rising in value, it’s tempting to believe the earnings will never stop. And when prices take a turn for the worse, pride and ego are often begging you to hold on and wait for things to turn around.

But timing is everything. When you hold an open position for too long, it almost always ends up eating away at your profits. In general, how long you should hold an open position is dictated, at least in part, by the type of trade you’re trying to win. Different traders use different strategies to turn a profit on forex price movements, and it’s always important to stick to your guns when allowing a strategy to play out.

With that in mind, here are some guidelines on how long you should hold an open position, depending on the type of strategy you’re using.

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Forex Hedging: What is It and How Do You Use It?

Investors of all stripes use hedging as a strategy to protect one position from adverse price movements. Typically, hedging involves the opening of a second position that is likely to have a negative correlation with the primary asset being held, meaning that if the primary asset’s price makes an adverse movement, the second position will experience a complementary and opposite movement that offsets those losses.

In forex trading, investors can use a second pair as a hedge for an existing position they’re reluctant to close out. Although hedging reduces risk at the expense of profits, it can be a valuable tool to protect profits and stave off losses in forex trading.

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Chart Patterns vs Indicators: What's Best for Technical Analysis?

For any trader, a critical step in developing effective trading strategies is choosing an analysis method that evaluates charts and potential trade opportunities.

Chart patterns and indicators offer different approaches to evaluating markets, with each presenting its own relative strengths and weaknesses. Although some trading experts are staunch advocates of one over the other, many traders do use a combination of these methods to create their own customized trading strategy.

Here’s a look at the benefits and drawbacks of each school of thought.

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The Advantages of CFD Trading

Contract-for-difference trading is a popular alternative to traditional investing because of its ability to maximize capital investments and, in turn, increase your potential profits or losses. This approach to forex trading has grown in popularity over the past decade, especially with some brokerage firms offering negative balance protection to limit heavy losses that would put your trading account into debt.

Here’s a look at some of the other key benefits of CFD trading.

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CFDs vs Options Trading: What's the Difference?

Contract trading is popular in many financial marketplaces. As a trader, you can purchase a variety of contract types—and each comes with unique risks and rewards. To choose and execute the right strategy for your goals, it’s important to understand the differences between them.

Below, we’ve outlined the benefits and drawbacks of two popular strategies: CFDs and options trading.

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Breaking Down Bid and Ask Rates

Bid and ask rates play an important role in all types of financial marketplaces. Below, we’ve defined what these two terms mean and how they relate to forex trading.

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6 Common Misconceptions of Forex Traders

As one of the largest global marketplaces, forex attracts a large volume of traders of different backgrounds and experience levels. Naturally, a market this popular also has its own mythology. Below, we’ve debunked the six most common misconceptions of forex traders.

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