Foreign Currency Exchange Tactics

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There are as many foreign currency exchange trading tactics as they are days in a month. Which one is appropriate for you is a matter of intensive research and largely depends on whether or not you are planning to trade on a short-term basis or on a long-term basis. For instance, if you wish to trade within the same day, then moving averages, oscillators and stochastics should be able to help you greatly. On the other hand, longer-term trading usually involves trends and the best way to spot a trend is with a “band” or a “channel” indicator plus some indexing mechanism. In addition, you should be aware that some currency pairs lend themselves better to some indicators more than others and this can become a bit interesting if a lot of traders all start using the same indicator(s) to place their trades (e. g., USD/JPY and “Ichimoku cloud” arrays).

Whatever you do, stay cool. Getting emotional will not help a thing. In fact, it might blow your next trade.

Resources To Help Improve Trading Foreign Currency Exchange

Forex resources that can help you trade more successfully come from three main sources. First, many central banks are pretty forthcoming and provide a wealth of public economic and monetary data (plus, increasingly detailed commentary) as well as interesting press conferences. Secondly, a number of commercial and investment banks (e. g., Citigroup, Barclays, HBSC and Goldman Sachs) offer free reports on forex-related topics plus very specific trade recommendations. This information can be found on their respective websites or on such news sites as Reuters. Finally, the internet is now chock full of former and current forex traders eager to impart their knowledge to anyone who reads their websites. Some are superb; all need to be viewed with a sceptical eye.

Tactics For Making A Return With Foreign Currency Exchange

Essentially, there are two main types of forex trading: short-term and long-term. Short-term uses indicators that show deviations to the norm; you could be in and out of a trade in as little time as an hour, certainly not more than a couple of days. Long-term trading, on the other hand, is basically trend trading. Here, you are just surfing whichever way the wind is blowing; you might be gone for a month or two. Many traders use indicators to increase their chance of trading profitability. The main ones include moving averages, “RSI” (“Relative Strength Index”), “Bollinger Bands” and “stochastic oscillators”. Moving averages are quite good for short-term trading; “Bollinger Bands” should only be used in long-term trading.

Keeping Your Cool When Trading Foreign Currency Exchange

Emotion has no place when making trading decisions. They should be based solely on facts, charts and indicators. An expert trader is neither happy nor sad when he/she is trading. His/her entire focus is on the percentage profitability of any trade versus the percentage drawdown (loss) of any trade. That’s all – ever. Viewed in this light, you can see that forex is much more like a business than a hobby. Considering the reality of the industry, that’s a pretty accurate assessment. If you’re feeling blue, don’t trade. If you’re feeling that nothing could ever go wrong, don’t trade. Try to ensure (and preserve) a certain sense of mental trading neutrality. Mistakes then become learning opportunities, albeit not to be repeated.


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