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Your #1 Trading Goal

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.

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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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EUR/USD Day Trading Strategies

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.

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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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Currency Pair Trading: How and When to Trade USD/JPY

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.

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Trading Indices

Trading Indices with Valutrades is a great alternative to stock trading and we are happy to announce that you can now trade with a minimum of 0.01 lots giving you much more flexibility in your positions.

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Timing is Everything

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. 

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Negative Balance Protection: Why It Pays to Trade With Valutrades

In contract for difference trading, market movement can happen fast. In best-case scenarios where traders are on the profit end of that movement, this can mean significant earnings potential within a short span of time.

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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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