As the third-most popular currency trading pair in the world, GBP/USD offers one of the most liquid forex tradings you can expect to find. That comes with many of the expected characteristics of a pairing traded at a high volume, including narrow spreads, high volatility, and opportunity to carve out strong profits with well-timed positions.Read More
The bottom line is that money management will make or break you as a trader. This is a widely accepted fact. Proper money management rules have been proven over long periods of time and are not secrets to anyone. The rules of ‘keeping your trades small’ and ‘cutting losses’ for example, have worked for hundreds of years, yet many people ignore them.
No matter what aims you may identify when first determining what you are setting out to achieve with your trading, all aims are secondary to your primary goal — preserving your trading capital. This is by far the most important aspect of successful trading. Simply stated, you need capital to trade.Read More
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.Read More
As the two largest currency markets in the world, the EUR/USD pairing offers excellent liquidity for forex traders of all types. While the pairing has seen periods of high volatility—most notably in 2010 and 2011, due in part to Greece’s economic crisis—the recent trading history for this pair has seen lower volatility and tight spreads.
This lack of volatility can be a challenge for day traders, since stable prices for the pair can limit a trader’s potential profit margin. The risk is lower, but so is the potential reward. Despite this overall stability, there are still opportunities to capitalize on EUR/USD volatility by paying attention to price movements and tracking potential market triggers.
Here’s a look at some possible day trading strategies to deploy with the EUR/USD currency pair.Read More
With high liquidity and low bid-ask spreads, USD/JPY is a popular currency pair for experienced traders as well as beginners. Since the financial crisis in 2008, Japan’s yen has demonstrated itself as a reliable reserve currency, becoming the world’s third-largest safe-haven currency in recent years. The USD/JPY pairing also plays an important role in trading activity throughout Asian markets, since JPY is often bought or sold as a substitute for more unpredictable currencies in the region.
Because JPY is the leading reserve currency in the Asian market, its high liquidity is a benefit to traders looking to capitalize on market movement in countries whose currencies would otherwise be tougher to trade—especially at a large volume. Even though the USD/JPY pairing offers greater stability and liquidity than other pairings, traders should still study the market factors that can affect price movements.
Here’s some insight into the timing considerations and other market influences to watch when trading USD/JPY.Read More
I believe one of the most often overlooked yet simple decision to make when developing your trading plan is the timing. What will your trading style be like and what type of trends will you look to trade?
I also believe this is critical as trying to trade a wide range of trading styles and time frames at the same time, becomes counter-productive. It makes it difficult for the trader to focus on one approach and master that approach.Read More
There are numerous scientific studies alleging that forecasting market movements is practically impossible. In 2013, Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller got the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for a study that questioned our abilities to accurately forecast short-term asset price changes. This raises the question of how traders can gain an edge in the market and consistently profit.
I personally use technical analysis (the study of price action) to identify trading opportunities. I think it is important to distinguish what we are doing as traders - as a technical analyst however, at no time do I attempt to forecast – I think this should be left to economistsRead More
In trading, timing is everything. You might be able to anticipate market changes, but if you don’t know when those changes are scheduled to occur and how to time your entry and exit points accordingly, you aren’t bound to reap the reward. The most reliable and profitable forex strategies are those that consider timing as it relates to the trader’s chosen market, strategy, and trading style.
End-of-day trading is a deliberate forex strategy in which traders choose to place trade orders after the New York stock market has closed for the day. This allows them to outline their strategy and create pending orders for the next day while time is effectively paused (i.e., when no trades are occuring).Read More
Technical analysis is the study of actual movements in the price of a financial product. However in my opinion, technical analysis is less about trading and more about the study of mass psychology. We study the way people react in certain situations in the market, which is quite prevalent when identifying and trading using chart patterns.Read More